Runnels High School’s 2018 National Merit Finalists are, from left, Alex Matthews, Sam Matthews, Kaylen Howe and Isabelle McCall.


Runnels High School’s four National Merit semifinalists have advanced to the finals of the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition.

Seniors Kaylen Howe, Alex Matthews, Sam Matthews and Isabelle McCall have the opportunity to compete for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $32 million.

Kaylen is the daughter of Sheldon and Monique Howe; Alex and Sam are the sons of Kenneth and Karen Matthews; and Isabelle is the daughter of Tony McCall and Sichin Li-McCall.

"The academic achievements of these students is truly special,” said Dana Schlotterer, assistant principal at Runnels. “Being selected as a National Merit finalist opens up an enormous number of additional scholarship opportunities for them, in addition to those they've already been offered. Watching these students work toward this milestone over the last four years has been a privilege for all of us. These students could not be more deserving of this honor. We cannot wait to see what they accomplish in college."

More than 1.5 million high school juniors took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, with 15,000 chosen as finalists. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen from the pool of finalists.

Winners will be announced starting in April.