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Olsen, Linzy, and Covell named National Merit Finalists

posted Feb 13, 2018, 5:41 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 5:41 PM ]
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that three Bartlesville High School seniors who were named as Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program have advanced to Finalist status. 

Sarah Covell, Hannah Linzy, and Greta Olsen are now in competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered this spring. About half of the Finalists nationwide will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. In March, the corporation will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners at their home addresses. 

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2018. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases. Corporate-sponsored winners will be announced April 18, National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners will be announced on May 9, and college-sponsored winners will be announced on June 6 and July 16.

The corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
2018 Merit Finalists

Greta Olsen, Hannah Linzy, and Sarah Covell have been named National Merit Finalists

Greta
 is the daughter of Brian and Becky Olsen. She is involved with the high school’s symphonic orchestra, its swimming and cross country teams, National Honor Society, the Phillips 66 Splash Club, and the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church youth group. Greta works as a swim instructor and has been a member of six state championship teams between cross country and swimming, as well as being the two-time individual state champion in the 100 meter butterfly. She is one of the captains of the swim team. Greta enjoys math and science and has twice been selected to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair. She spends her free time reading, painting, and being outdoors with her family.

Hannah is the daughter of Kevin and Terri Linzy. She plays high school volleyball and was a member of the school's Academic All-State team in 2014-2015. Hannah attended Oklahoma Girls State this past summer and was selected to help plan the IGNITE Leadership Conference for senior students this summer. She was a member of the high school orchestra for three years and has been involved in K-Life since 2011. Hannah enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and being outside.

Sarah is the daughter of Bill and Peggy Covell. She is in varsity volleyball and track and qualified for state in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles last year. She is active in Spanish Club, K-Life, her church youth group, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Student Council.