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Prewitt receives national scholarship

Thursday, October 9, 2008

John Prewitt, a senior at Thayer High School, is a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist and a possible National Merit Scholarship finalist. Photo by Jan Thompson
THAYER -- John Prewitt is a senior at Thayer High School and a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist and possibly a National Merit scholarship finalist.

He is the son of 37th District Associate Circuit Judge Jo Beth Prewitt and the late Gary Prewitt.

John has attended school in the Thayer Public School system since pre-school and has always been a straight-A student.

Recently John explained how he became a possible National Merit Scholarship finalist. "In your junior year of high school, you take a Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. The National Merit organizers take the top 1 percent of students scoring the highest in each state on the test and you are either notified that you are commended as a finalist or a semi-finalist."

Because John qualified as a semi-finalist, he is given the opportunity to write an essay to qualify as a finalist. "It's not written yet, but I have a rough draft of what I am going to write. It is only 500 words," he said. He has until Oct. 10 to complete this task.

This summer John competed at the National FBLA and Beta conventions. At the National FBLA Convention he placed fourth in the nation in accounting I. He said at the National Beta Convention, he placed third in the nation in English.

He serves as reporter for the Thayer High School FBLA chapter and is an officer in the high school Beta Club as well.

Science and English are John's favorite subjects.

The young scholar is not sure what he wants to do in the future. He said he has changed his mind several times.

"I thought about going into pre-med, go to med school and into the MD-PHD program. This is a program intended for people interested in research," he said.

When not at school, John enjoys reading and writing. He said although he is not an athlete, he has not played sports since the fourth grade, he likes the fact that some of his friends that play Bobcat football, made it to the state play-offs last year.

"It has been a privilege having John as a student at Thayer High School. He is a fine student and even a better person. I wish him all the success in life," said Thayer High School Principal Kevin Hedden.

There have been two National Merit Scholarship finalists graduate from Thayer High School, Lawrence Green in 1958 and Justin Franz in 1997.

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