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Wood County students tabbed as National Merit Scholarship finalists

PARKERSBURG — Three students in Wood County Schools have been named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists.

They are Cecelia Fatta of Parkersburg High School, Nicholas Murphy of Parkersburg South High School and Jacob Huggins of Williamstown High School. They were among the finalists announced this week by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

This marks the 66th year of the prestigious scholarship program.

“We could not be more proud of our students and their accomplishments,” Wood County Superintendent Will Hosaflook said. “To become a National Merit finalist you have to show not only academic excellence, but the drive to perform at the highest levels.”

High school seniors from throughout the nation compete each year for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million. More than 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

Scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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