Grove City High School senior Kelsey Allmon has been named as a finalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Allmon is one of 15,000 among the 50,000 students nationwide with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores who qualified for recognition in the scholarship program. Approximately 1.5 million students entered the competition.
"I was both surprised and yet not that surprised" to learn earlier this month she had qualified as a finalist, Allmon said.
"I knew when I was picked as a semi-finalist (last September) that I did pretty well and most semi-finalists make it to the finalist round," she said.
She found out when she got called down to the principal's office.
"They told me (Principal Mike Starner) was looking for me pretty frantically," Allmon said.
Her activities at GCHS include studying German and French and participating in the orchestra and other school instrumental music performing groups.
Studying languages is rewarding, "because I just think it's cool to be able to communicate with people from different countries and cultures," Allmon said. "I'm really dedicated to wanting to learn American Sign Language and I'm also interested in learning Spanish."
She said she enjoys singing as well as playing music.
"Music is so special because it's a way to express emotions and feelings without using words," Allmon said.
While she plans to attend college next year, Allmon is still deciding where.
"It's up in the air, but I have a lot of interest in the University of Kentucky," she said.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin notifying scholarship award winners in March. About 8,300 finalists are expected to receive scholarship awards.