West Feliciana High School senior Kyle Sellers has been named a National Merit Scholarship award winner.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements including a detailed scholarship application with an essay and provide information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions. They also have to be recommended by a high school official and earn high scores on standardized tests such as the SAT. Nationwide, there were roughly 7,500 finalists selected for various National Merit Scholarships.
That includes more than 1,000 seniors who earned corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards which are presented by nearly 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.
Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors.
Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
Sellers’ parents, Neil and Gwen, are agents with State Farm, the corporate sponsor for his scholarship. The scholarship will pay $3,000 per year for four years of undergraduate studies.
Sellers will join his brother, Austin, who is already at LSU, in the fall. He said he plans to study computer science and computer engineering. He plans to live in the Honors College dorm. He enjoys programming, and he’d like to eventually work in movie production.
“I’d like to eventually work for a tech company or maybe a startup of some kind and do something to help other people,” Sellers said.
Sellers credits his participation in sports with helping to develop his academic skills. He played baseball his first two years in high school and soccer all four years.
He was named to the All-District 6-3A soccer squad for two years as a defender. He also was named Academic All-State by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association as a senior.
“Character development and learning to work with others toward a common goal, that’s what I learned most from sports,” said Sellers, who has attended West Feliciana schools since preschool.
When he’s not in school, he likes outdoor activities such as hiking and camping or just hanging out with his family.
“Kyle is extremely bright, always enthusiastic and exceptionally disciplined,” West Feliciana Superintendent of Schools Hollis Milton said. “He is a leader among his peers.”