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Two Carl Junction students named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Alex Buttram Alex Buttram
Madison Hostetter Madison Hostetter


Two Carl Junction students named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Carl Junction High School seniors Alex Buttram and Madison Hostetter have been named Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 16,000 students out of about 1.5 million who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT have been named as semifinalists. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of the U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalist in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of competition. About 90 percent of the 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.

“I am pleased that Alex and Madison have been recognized for their academic achievement,” said High School Principal David Pyle. “Both are among the most intellectually talented students at Carl Junction High School. The honor of being named as National Merit semifinalists shows that they are also among the brightest students in the nation.”

Alex is the son of Allen and Pam Buttram of Oronogo, MO. Madison is daughter of Camille Hostetter and Darrell Glass of Joplin.

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