Steele Senior Named National Merit Finalist
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Steele Accelerated High School Student Named National Merit Finalist
Posted on 02/08/2021
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George Peterson, a senior at James M. Steele Accelerated High School, has been named a National Merit Finalist for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Peterson who was named a National Merit Semifinalist earlier this school year has officially advanced to the next status in the prestigious academic program.  By making the cut to the finalist level, Peterson is now among an elite group of 15,000 academic achievers from across the nation who were first chosen by their exemplary PSAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores.

Peterson is among the top 1 percent of PSAT test-takers, and his advancement to National Merit Finalist means he also submitted a strong application that included his academic transcripts, SAT scores, school activities and personal essays.

Todd Rogers, principal at Steele Accelerated High School, said Peterson’s success has taken shape over time.

“This is an incredible accomplishment and honor for George, his family, and the educators at Sendera Ranch Elementary, Truett Wilson Middle School and Steele Accelerated High School.  This achievement is a testament to the educators from all three schools and for all their leadership, support, and encouragement.”

Peterson plans to advance his academic career by attending college next year at one of his top four choices University of Texas, University of Chicago, Harvard University and University of North Texas and is patiently waiting for acceptance letters before making his final decision.

As a National Merit Finalist, Peterson will now be considered for a $2,500 scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship Foundation will inform scholarship recipients through June.

To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program, please visit their official website.