LHS senior a National Merit Scholarship finalist

Longview High School senior Jordan Wright has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, the first from Longview ISD since 2012.

"It is a great honor and a good reflection of the education I have received here at Longview High School," he said. "It traces back from the very beginning, going from Hudson PEP with my first grade teacher Mrs. Melton, to my experience at Foster Middle School and continues to Longview High School."

Jordan, who's considering a career in chemical engineering, is the only high school student in East Texas to reach such high honors. The best of the best, National Merit Scholarship semifinalists represent .5 percent of the top 1 percent of the nation’s graduating class. But even among this elite Jordan is near the top, ranked No. 4 out of 465 students.

To become a finalist, semi-finalists and their high schools must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the semi-finalist’s academic record, participating in school and community activities, demonstration of leadership abilities and honors and awards received.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record as well as be endorsed/recommended by a high school official, then the student must write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their academic performance.

"I put every grade in every course he has made since the 9th grade," said LHS Dean of Instruction Linda Buie. "I also mentioned that he was an International Baccalaureate student, and had taken the highest rigor courses during his high school career."

LHS Principal James Brewer said he was pleased, but not surprised, by Jordan's achievement.

"This young man deserves every accolade he receives," he said. "This just shows the high caliber of students we have at Longview. We are all exceedingly proud of what Jordan has accomplished, and will continue to accomplish."

LISD Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox echoed Brewer's sentiment, praising Jordan's hard work as well as that of the instructors and mentors he has had along the way.

"It's yet another wonderful example of the excellent opportunities afforded by our education professionals," he added.
Longview High School senior and National Merit Scholarship semifinalist Jordan Wright was honored by the Daughters of American Revolution with its Good Citizen Award earlier this month. 
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