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Riley Littleton named National Merit Scholarship winner

Riley Littleton

Riley Littleton named National Merit Scholarship winner


Riley Littleton of Olive Branch was awarded a National Merit Scholarship.  

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2022 National Merit  Scholarship Program. 

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have  the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college  studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. 

These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high  school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the  Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied  and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay  written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Littleton is the class valedictorian and plans to major in Communication and Media Studies.