Hess II to receive scholarship

As printed in the 6/25/2012 edition of the Siskiyou Daily News


Hess II to receive scholarship

FORT JONES – Michael Hess II has been named a 2012 National Merit Finalist. Hess will receive a full-tuition scholarship from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.

To reach his goal of be­coming a mission pilot, Hess plans to major in engineering and continue flight training.

Hess is the son of Michael and Vickie Hess of Fort Jones. He has been home schooled since preschool along with his 5 younger brothers and sis­ters.

Home schooling has al­lowed Hess to pursue in­terests such as flight training, college courses, and intense study in fo­cused areas. Hess enjoys playing the violin and piano. He has been a church pianist for several years.

About 1.5 million stu­dents enter the National Merit Scholarship com­petition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

This serves as an initial screen of program en­trants.

Of these entrants, some 16,000 semifinal­ists are designated on a state representational basis, in numbers propor­tional to each state’s per­centage of the nation’s high school graduating seniors.

Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of the state’s sen­iors.

Semifinalists have to fulfill requirements to ad­vance to Finalist stand­ing.

Each semifinalist sub­mits a detailed scholar­ship application, which includes writing an essay and providing informa­tion about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions.

Semifinalists also must have an outstanding aca­demic record, be en­dorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test perform­ance.

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