Courtney Winchester, a Marietta High School senior, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.


Courtney Winchester, a Marietta High School senior, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

“It’s pretty exciting,” Winchester said.

 

Selection is determined based on students’ scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in the fall of their junior year.

 

To become a finalist, Winchester will complete an application which includes a recommendation from his principal, essays and high school academic performance. Finalists will be announced in the spring.

 

After graduation, she plans to major in math at the University of Oklahoma. Winchester also plans to enjoy watching Sooner football.

 

“My cousin plays for OU. I’ll probably be going to all the games I can,” she said.

 

Winchester is the captain of the academic team and the class secretary and participates in yearbook and National Honor Society.

 

She also films games for the boys and girls basketball teams and is a track trainer.

 

Winchester works part time at Henry Roberts Express Pharmacy.

 

“I thought it’d be a good place to work with good hours,” Winchester said. “I was also interested in medical school, but I’ve changed my mind.”

 

Winchester has two favorite subjects — math and English.

 

“I think math is logical. It’s like a puzzle,” she said. “I like the reading part of English the most.”

 

While she loves to read, she does not have a favorite book.

 

“I read whatever sounds interesting. There really isn’t a specific genre I like more than others,” Winchester said.

 

She is the daughter of Greg and Danielle Winchester and has two younger sisters.

 

“We like to listen to music or watch a movie. I like pretty much anything funny,” Winchester said.