National Merit Finalist Lucy Soerens and National Commended Merit Scholar/ National Achievement Scholar Angela Antoine will attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Fall 2013. Both students have received sizable scholarships.
Angela Antoine graduated from Victory Baptist Academy in Weatherford, Texas with a 4.22 GPA. She earned a 208 (equivalent to 2080) on her PSAT and a 2300 on her SAT. She is a 2013 National Commended Merit Scholar and was one of 800 in the U.S. to earn the National Achievement Scholarship awarded to outstanding Black American high school students.
Antoine wanted to find a Christian college close to home. She decided to attend SAGU after attending a chapel service during Camp-U. She will double major in communication arts and music ministry and minor in creative writing.
She plays piano, cello, and violin and hopes to join one of SAGU's traveling music groups during college. After she graduates college she intends to go into journalism/radio journalism or public relations and become a worship leader.
Lucy Soerens graduated 6th out of 592 students from Belton High School in Belton, Texas. Soerens earned a 218 (equivalent to a 2180) on her PSAT and a 2110 on her SAT. She is a 2013 National Merit Finalist.
Soerens has been visiting the SAGU campus for North Texas Fine Arts since she was in middle school. She decided to attend SAGU because of its reputable music program and All-Steinway status. She will major in music education with a specialization in piano and minor in digital media arts. Soerens will join SAGU's piano ensemble in the fall.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants in the U.S. each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. These high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a commended student or semifinalist. About 15,000 semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to finalist standing.