BA Senior is National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist – Daily Leader

BA Senior is National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist

Posted at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022

Brookhaven Academy student Kyla R. Armistad has been named a semi-finalist for the 2023 National Merit Scholarship program. She is the only student from Lincoln County to make the 2023 semi-finals.

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of more than 16,000 semi-finalists for the program on Wednesday. These academically talented high school graduates have the opportunity to continue competing for 7,250 scholarships worth nearly $28 million to be offered next spring.

To be considered for an Excellence Scholarship, semi-finalists must meet several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Approximately 95% of semi-finalists are expected to achieve finalist status, and approximately half of finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning them Merit Scholars.

Armistad’s parents are understandably proud of her.

“We are very excited. Kyla has worked hard,” said her mother, Kendra. “And we are pleasantly surprised. We didn’t know what to expect after taking the test, it was so different from the ACT. We are extremely proud of her.

Now the family is busy helping the senior complete all of her scholarship applications and other “next steps” of NMS finalist requirements. Then it’s a waiting game, until the finalists are announced in the spring.

“We would love for her to be a finalist because of the scholarships, but we’re just going to do what we have to do and make sure she meets all the requirements, and hope and pray,” Kendra said. “But it’s such an honor to be a semi-finalist, especially from a small school here in Mississippi, Lincoln County.”

Armistad’s father, Nathaniel, a Brookhaven attorney, also said they were grateful for his “little school.”

“The BA team is doing a good job there,” he said. “It’s a partnership between the school and the parents.

It also helps that his children are blessed with a very smart mother, he added.

Armistad said she wasn’t sure where she wanted to go to college after getting her bachelor’s degree, but she wanted to major in accounting and attend law school.

“I just trust God to help me make the right decision,” she said.

But she is still in shock to have come this far in the scholarship selection process.

“I took the test last year. My mother had mentioned the national merit to me, but after hearing nothing after the test, I just forgot,” she said. “I didn’t realize they weren’t announcing anything until the following year.”

The eldest said she was grateful to God for giving her the opportunity, and now she is busy working on her submissions for the finals.

“I will do my best. What has to happen will happen!”

About the program

The NMSC, a nonprofit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship program. The scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 business organizations and institutions of higher education who share NMSC’s goals of honoring the country’s academic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

The 2023 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four national press releases beginning in April and ending in July. These scholars will join nearly 368,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the title of Merit Scholars.

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