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Newark resident named National Merit finalist

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Newark resident Matthew Walker is one of three Northwest High School seniors named a finalist in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

Walker, along with Damon King of Fort Worth and Kassidy Knight of Haslet, are among the 15,000 finalists vying for the Merit Scholar title and the accompanying scholarship. The 8,300 recipients nationwide will be announced in the spring.

The award is based on outstanding academic record, SAT scores and a detailed scholarship application that included an essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities.

“We are extremely proud of Damon, Kassidy and Matthew,” said Northwest High School Principal Jason Childress. “They are hardworking, talented and deserving of this recognition.”

Walker plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study technical writing. He is a member of the Northwest High School band, Leading Individuals Fighting for Tolerance (LIFT) and National Honor Society.

MERIT FINALISTS - Matthew Walker (left) of Newark is one of three Northwest High School seniors named a National Merit Finalist. Damon King of Fort Worth and Kassidy Knight of Haslet are also among the 15,000 vying for the title and coinciding scholarship.

MERIT FINALISTS – Matthew Walker (left) of Newark is one of three Northwest High School seniors named a National Merit Finalist. Damon King of Fort Worth and Kassidy Knight of Haslet are also among the 15,000 vying for the title and coinciding scholarship.

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