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Hutchinson High School Senior Named National Merit Finalist


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Hutchinson High School senior, Morgan Hixson, has been named a National Merit Scholar Finalist for 2023, the only student to receive the honor in all of Reno County.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual competition that recognizes academic

excellence in high school students. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship

Corporation, which dates back to 1955.

To be considered for this honor, Hixson took the 2021 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Hixson was among 16,000 Semifinalists across the country and has now moved on to Finalist status. According to the official National Merit Scholarship website, about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Hixson is an International Baccalaureate student at Hutchinson High School, and also participates in the music program. Hixon also received a perfect score on her ACT.

In her time outside of class, Hixson enjoys dance and participating in musical productions.

After graduation, Hixson would like to attend a 4-year university and has her target set on an Ivy League school, especially Yale. She says the support of her parents and teachers has helped her achieve her goals and that she is excited to study medicine post-graduation.