National Merit Semi-Finalist: Katie Strickland

By Gracie Alvarez


Katie Strickland, Class of 2018, was recently named a National Merit Semi-Finalist due to her performance on the PSAT last fall. She is one of only 136 semi-finalists in the entire state of Arkansas. She shared her feelings about the achievement with us, and the surprise she had upon finding out she had qualified: 

“When I first heard that I was a National Merit Semi-Finalist, my heart did a mini flip. I couldn’t stop thinking about how thankful I was for this opportunity!”

The classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 took the PSAT this past Wednesday, October 11th. The juniors that tested will find out next fall if they qualified to be a National Merit semi-finalist, while the freshmen and sophomores will have another chance to take the test.

When asked “What was the first thing that went through your mind when you heard the news?”, Katie told us that “Sister Joan actually told me in a meeting the day before they announced it to the school…we had been discussing the status of my college applications whenever she revealed to me that I was selected as a Semi-Finalist. When Sister Joan made the intercom announcement, I was sitting in my AP Research class praying that I had charged my computer the night before!”  

The qualification as a semi-finalist is a huge achievement; however, Katie still has to go through a rigorous process before she receives scholarships for the title. She must fill out an application, complete an essay, get a recommendation from Mount, and show evidence of taking the SAT recently. She is motivated to move forward, and told us that she

“[has] only excitement (and slight nervousness) for the adventures and challenges ahead! I will be ever-grateful for the opportunities which being a National Merit Semi-Finalist may open up, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for the Class of 2018.”

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