Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Valley seniors named scholarship finalists

Freund and Tucker place among best in U.S.


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Brendan Freund Torin Tucker

Two Blaine County high school seniors have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, an honor bestowed to some of the top graduating students in the U.S.

Wood River High School senior Brendan Freund and The Community School senior Torin Tucker were among about 14,000 seniors nationwide selected as finalists from nearly 1.5 million students who applied to the program. Finalist selections were based on scores from preliminary SAT college entrance exams and the National Merit Scholarship Qualification Test.

About 8,200 finalists will be awarded National Merit Scholarships for $2,500. Participation in the program also qualifies students for other corporate or college-sponsored scholarship awards.

Wood River High School Principal John Blackman said that Freund, the son of Carol and Rob Freund, has been accepted for admission to Stanford University in California.

Tucker, the son of Scott and Kathryn Tucker, has also been selected as a candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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