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MHS graduate named National Merit Scholar

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LAWTON Okla_ New MacArthur High School graduate Stephen M. McCray has been selected as a 2013 National Merit Scholar, widely regarded as one of the highest honors that can be earned by a high school student.

McCray is among 2,500 outstanding high school seniors from around the country to receive scholarships financed by colleges and universities. He received his scholarship from the University of Oklahoma, where he plans to study physics.

McCray's selection as a National Merit Scholar began during his junior year, when he was one of approximately 1.5 million students from more than 22,000 high schools who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. That group was narrowed to 16,000 semifinalists – a number smaller than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors – when they submitted applications that included an essay and detailed information about their academic record and community and school activities.

The group of semifinalists was further reduced to 15,000 finalists, but only about half of those will make the final selection as National Merit Scholars. McCray was one of four seniors from Lawton's three high schools who were named semifinalists last fall. Additional scholars will be named later this spring.

The National Merit Program was founded in 1955. The majority of scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 450 independent sponsors. These sponsors promote efforts to enhance educational opportunities for scholastically talented youth and to encourage them in their pursuit of academic excellence.

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