Duncan Wood named National Merit Scholar finalist

2013-02-17T22:00:00Z 2013-02-19T11:01:04Z Duncan Wood named National Merit Scholar finalistCHRISTY HOOTS christy.hoots@lee.net Ledger Independent
February 17, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

Duncan Wood of Maysville, has been named a National Merit Scholar finalist.

According to the National Merit Scholarship program website, "To become a finalist, the semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received."

Wood said he was very happy when he received the letter saying he had been named a finalist.

"I felt very honored to have been selected," he said.  "I'm very lucky to have had such a good education and to have a supportive family."

Wood is currently dually enrolled as a senior at Mason County High School and the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green, where he will have over 90 hours of college credit hours by graduation.

Wood began taking classes at Gatton during his junior year after having applied and met the rigorous requirements for acceptance.

According to the Gatton school information page, approximately 200 students apply to the program annually, with only 126 students being accepted.  Those accepted have normally scored nine points higher on the ACT than the average graduating high school student.

According to the school website, 100 percent of students from Gatton attend a four-year institution upon graduation.

Wood said he is currently undecided on where he wants to go to college.

"I know I want to study math and physics with some studies in French," he said.  "But, I don't know where I want to go to college yet or what I want to do after.  I just have to get to college and see what happens."

Wood said he would also like to thank those who have helped him along the way.

"I've had a lot of support and help with my studies," he said.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce the National Merit Scholars on May 8.

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