Payson High senior Cole Tenney is a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship.
Tenney was selected as one of 7,000 finalists out of the 3.8 million graduating seniors this year.
“His hard work and dedication is a pillar of who he is in the classroom, on the field and in the community, which matches him perfectly with the enduring goals of the National Merit Scholarship Program, which are to have a wider and deep respect for learning and to pursue academic excellence at all levels of education,” according to a press release from Payson High School.
Tenney plays soccer and is a member of Payson High’s track and field team.
To be considered for the National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to finalist standing.
Each semifinalist had to write an essay and provide information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions.
Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirmed their qualifying test performances.
By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,000 finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $31 million.
Winners are judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.