2 from Runnels named National Merit finalists

Caleb Manning and Connor Matthews, students at the Runnels School, have been named finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, the school has announced.

As National Merit finalists, they remain in competition for about 7,600 National Merit scholarships valued at nearly $33 million. To become a finalist, semifinalists must maintain an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Scholarship awards to finalists will be made beginning in March.

Manning, a Runnels student since preschool, is the son of Kristen and Don Manning. Matthews, son of Karen and Kenneth Matthews, has attended Runnels since first grade.

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