heather macmurdoHeather MacMurdo, senior at Park Center Senior High, has won a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. She is one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official. Winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Heather is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme candidate at Park Center. She participates in National Honor Society, marching band (alto sax, drum major) and swimming, and serves as a captain of the cross-country and track teams. Outside of school, Heather volunteers at Second Harvest and through Edinbrook Church. Last summer her volunteer work included a mission trip to Belize.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation bestows a variety of scholarships. In addition to the $2,500 Scholarships, they facility corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships and college-sponsored Merit Scholarships. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million.