Wednesday , 20 June 2018

MCA Senior Honored as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Submitted by TSB Community

McKinney Christian Academy’s Hannah Chappell is being honored as a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In each annual National Merit Scholarship Program, about 50,000 academically talented high school students are honored, but only some 16,000 of them are named Semifinalists.

Students who qualify as Semifinalists based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) are the only program participants who have an opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships. About 8,300 of the outstanding Finalists will be chosen as Merit Scholarship® winners in the 2013 competition.

Initiated in 1955, the National Merit Program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. A sizable number of National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2013 will be underwritten by NMSC with its own funds.

When asked how she found out she was named a Semifinalist, Hannah said, “Last December when I took the PSAT, I knew according to their standards that I might be a Semifinalist, but we had to wait until September of this year to find out.”

Hannah added, “McKinney Christian Academy prepared me well for this test by offering a PSAT Prep class which I took as a Sophomore. The English classes at MCA gave me strong thinking and critical reasoning skills which were a big factor in my test results.”

Hannah feels that MCA has prepared her for college by offering AP and Dual Academic Credit courses. She said, “I have friends from other schools who did not take challenging courses and, in turn, college was a shock for them. Having already taken college classes at MCA has helped me to know how I need to study and helped get my study habits ready for college.” Hannah also stated that “Spiritually, MCA has prepared me for college in that I’m taking Ethics and Apologetics now which will give me a firm base in theology. I think it is going to help me in college where I know I’m going to have different thoughts and ideas thrown at me, and I will have the ability now to know what I believe and be able to defend it.”

Now for the Semifinalists, their next steps will be to take another SAT test. Out of the 16,000 Semifinalists, the National Merit Scholarship Program will pick 15,000 finalists based on that score. Then, if chosen, they will send in a resume along with letters of recommendation, and 8,300 finalists will then be chosen.

Hannah’s desire is to go to Abilene Christian University and by qualifying as a Semifinalist, Hannah will already receive a 100 percent full tuition scholarship. Hannah plans to major in Youth Ministry, Biblical Counseling or Missions.

McKinney Christian Academy is extremely proud and excited for Hannah’s achievement and receiving this recognition.

McKinney Christian Academy is a Christian, independent, coeducational, interdenominational, college preparatory day school. MCA was founded in 1992 and currently enrolls 540 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. For information on McKinney Christian Academy, go to or call the Admissions Office at 214-544-2658 Ext. 4325.

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