HHS Senior Named Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist
HUTCHINSON, KANSAS – Hutchinson High School senior, Morgan Hixson, has been named a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist for 2022. This marks the third year in a row that Hutchinson High School has had a student among the Semi-Finalist ranks.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual competition that recognizes academic
excellence in high school students. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship
Corporation, which dates back to 1955.
To be considered for this honor, Hixson took the 2021 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Hixson is among 16,000 Semifinalists across the country. She now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for other National Merit Scholarships offered in the Spring of 2023, and advance to the Finalist level. Approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Hixson is an International Baccalaureate student at Hutchinson High School, and also participates in the music program. In her time outside of class, Hixson enjoys dance and participating in musical productions.
After graduation, Hixson would like to attend a 4-year university, and has her targets set on an Ivy League school, especially Yale. She says the support of her parents and teachers have helped her achieve her goals and that she is excited to study medicine post-graduation.
“If you apply yourself and have internal motivation to reach your full potential, you can definitely reach it. It’s important to have that belief in yourself and not get tied down in the details, and just do the best you can, but take care of yourself at the same time,” said Hixson.
“We are so proud of Morgan and she is very deserving of this honor. We were so excited to tell her about making it to the Semi-Finalist level. She is such a special student, and we could not be more proud to see her achieve her goals,” said HHS counselor, Carolyn Morris.