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.