March 9, 2018

Jacob Waggoner named National Merit Scholarship finalist

Badin High School senior Jacob Waggoner has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

“I’m excited for the possibilities it will bring me in college,” Waggoner said, “and really, I’m excited for college in general.”

Waggoner is the son of Brad and Paula Waggoner of Hamilton and a graduate of St. Joseph School. He was one of 16,000 semifinalists named in the fall based on his performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) taken as a junior. Of those 16,000 semifinalists, 90 percent advance to become finalists. The semifinalists represented the top 1 percent of U.S. high school students in terms of their PSAT scores.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will award some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million.

“Focus and hard work starting in elementary school,” Waggoner said when asked about his academic prowess, “and applying myself in high school.”

Waggoner expects to major in Management Information Systems (MIS) in college, with a look at economics and business as well. His two top choices are the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma.

“The scholarship offers (from those schools) drew me in,” Waggoner said, “and after investigating them, both would offer me the opportunity to work closely with the faculty, which I really like.”

“Jacob is an impressive young man,” said Mr. Brion Treadway, Waggoner’s guidance counselor at BHS. “He’s a self-motivated go-getter and high achiever. He’s going to be extremely successful in any path he chooses in life. He has a lot of skills and he just gets things done. It’s been a pleasure working with him throughout his years at Badin.”

Waggoner is active at Badin as a track and cross country runner, an outstanding tech student, and a talented marketing student as well.

“Badin prepared me to get where I am today,” Waggoner said. “I’ve really enjoyed my Badin experience. It set me up for a lot of success in and out of the classroom.”

Badin has now had five National Merit Scholarship finalists and eight National Merit commended students in the last three years. The National Merit Scholarship program was established in 1955 with the goal of “honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.”

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120;

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