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Ephrata High School senior Julia Wiker has been awarded an honor through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which draws approximately 1.5 million entrants each year. Wiker is a 2014 National Merit Scholar, who received the Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship award.
“When first told that I was a National Merit Scholar, I immediately felt honored and humbled. I think that because I worked hard, this was my reward,” Wiker said.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of the 1.5 million entrants, approximately 50,000 with the highest scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Only 15,000 of the high scorers who meet other high academic standards become a finalist. Student finalists are required to have a record of very high academic performance in grades 9 through 12 and in any college course work taken. Students must also take the SAT and earn scores that confirm their previous PSAT/NMSQT performance.
Wiker scored a 2070 on the SAT and took several AP classes in grades 11 and 12. She has been involved with Quiz Bowl and marching band since middle school. In high school, she has also participated in many other musical groups and has been an active member of the National Honor Society, German National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Merit Scholarships are awarded to 8,000 finalists. There are three types of Merit Scholarship awards: National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship award, and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship award.
Wiker was nominated through the 2014 Armstrong Scholarship Program, as she is a child of an Armstrong World Industries employee. She plans to attend Lebanon Valley College to study English Communications and German.