Belmont High School senior, Sam Horn, has been chosen as a National Merit Semi-Finalist

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the
names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit
Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an
opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships
worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a
Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the
Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to
attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit
Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholarship title. NMSC, 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 400 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.
Belmont High School senior, Sam Horn, has been chosen as a National Merit
Semi-Finalist. This distinction is achieved when students taking the PSAT score in the
top 1% of students nationally. Semifinalists are then eligible to apply for National Merit
Finalist status and potentially earn additional scholarships. Sam is the son of Phillip and
Brenda Horn of Golden, MS. Sam has been a member of Beta Club for four years and a
member of the Spanish Club for two years.  In 2017, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
He has won subject area awards in geometry, English 3, and world history. While
attending the Tishomingo Career and Technical Center's engineering program, his team
placed second in state Skills USA quiz bowl competition. Sam served as a page to
Mississippi Representative Donnie Bell.  In the summer of 2019, Sam traveled to Mobile,
Alabama and Trujillo, Peru to serve with mission teams through his youth group at
Golden Central Baptist Church.  Also in the summer of 2019, he was nominated and
attended the Apex Leadership Summit at the University of Mississippi.
Best wishes to Sam in his quest for National Merit Finalist.