Two students from the Liberty community have been named as winners of 2019 National Merit Scholarships.
A student of Faith Christian Academy in Kansas City, Liberty resident Eden St. Dennis was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. St. Dennis aims to study veterinary medicine in the fall.
Coming from Liberty North High School, student Daniel Harper also was awarded a $2,500 scholarship to pursue his interests in marketing. Both awards are single-payment scholarships and can be used at any regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
The National Merit Scholarship is awarded to 2,500 high school graduates across the nation, drawn from a pool of more than 15,000 "outstanding" finalists, according to a press release. A total of 1.6 million students entered the race initially.
Winners are judged based on a strong combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school class.
A committee of college admissions officers and high school councilors are tasked with judging using academic records, difficulty level of subjects, grades, scores from standardized tests, contributions to leadership in school and communities, an essay written by the students and recommendations from school officials.