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MCHS Student Named Semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program
McCracken County Public Schools is proud to announce that McCracken County High School senior, Mason Wooten has been named a semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit scholarship competition. He will continue to compete for more than $30 million in National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in the spring.

Wooten is the Captain of the MCHS Academic Team, Vice-President of the Student Government, a member of Youth LEAD Class #9, Paducah Bank Teen Ambassador, the Historian for the Spanish Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and the MCHS Theatre Department. He is a member of the Highland Cumberland Youth Group and volunteers with several community organizations. Wooten is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Governor’s Scholar. He is the son of Michelle and Mike Wooten.

More than 1.5 million students nationwide entered the Merit Program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. High scorers were designated Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. In total, just over 16,000 academically talented seniors qualified nationwide.

National Merit Semifinalists will advance to the Finalist level upon completion of additional requirements. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.