U.S.high school senior Andrew O’Connor, a Longview High School senior, was this week named as a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist. He is among 16,000 students nationwide – less than 1 percent of s – to receive the honor, and is competing for a share of more than $32 million in college scholarships.
The field of semifinalists was narrowed from about 1.5 million high school juniors, who entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
O’Connor is an International Baccalaureate student, National Honor Society member and NASA High School Aerospace Scholar. His extracurricular activities are numerous, including the Technology Student Association, in which he serves as chapter president and has been on regional, state and national winning teams;LongviewHigh School’s 2011-12 District Champion Academic UIL team; and the Texas Bank & Trust Student Board of Directors, on which he serves as vice chair. O’Connor is also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
He is the son of Tim and Rose O’Connor.
O’Connor plans to pursue a degree in nuclear engineering at eitherTexasA&MUniversityor the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“I am thrilled by the number of opportunities that being a National Merit Semifinalist offers me,” he said.
The field of 16,000 semifinalists will be narrowed in February, with scholarship awards announced in the spring.