Mackenzie Bockhold, a junior at St. Bernard Prep School, recently qualified to advance in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program competition. Bockhold was among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants of some 1.5 million program entrants.
In October of 2012 St. Bernard juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT which is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. Students with a selection Index score of 203 or above have qualified.
Of the more than 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the top scholars in each state, and approximately 34,000 others will be commended for the performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 2014 national Merit Program will learn of their standing in September. Semifinalists will be the only students who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2014.
Headmaster, John Tekulve has known Mackenzie since her 7th grade year at St. Bernard. “Mackenzie possesses great intelligence but, more importantly, she is a disciplined student, “ Tekulve said. “She has capitalized on her God given abilities by being a dedicated student who demands excellence from herself. I am proud of Mackenzie’s achievements and am sure that many more will follow.”Bockhold is the daughter of Donald and Sandi Bockhold of Cullman.