BAHS is home to four National Merit Finalists


Ashley Spencer

Kyle Barker, Rebecca Atherton, Chris Oven, and Michaela Stabler have all been named National Merit Finalists.

Being a National Merit Finalist is a high honor that goes to an elite 15,000 students each year, 30 percent of the original 50,000 high scorers. Broken Arrow High School is privileged to have four seniors as finalists. Those seniors are Chris Oven, Kyle Barker, Michaela Stabler, and Rebecca Atherton. They had to go through a long process to get to where they are.

“To become a semi-finalist, I had to score really high on the PSAT,” senior Kyle Barker said. “Then to become a finalist, I had to submit my application packet which included my transcript, a recommendation letter, the principal’s approval and an essay. I also had to take the SAT and get a score that confirmed that my PSAT score was legitimate.”

The PSAT was a crucial part of becoming a finalist for all four Broken Arrow students. Oklahoma’s minimum required score was a 208 out of 240, and all four students scored at or above that, their scores ranging from 208-221. Their scores qualified them to be semi-finalists and their SAT scores played a role in landing them where they are now as finalists.

For Broken Arrow’s four National Merit Finalists, earning that title and the benefits that come along with it was a lot of hard work paid off.

“I am excited about the scholarship opportunities this recognition will yield,” senior Rebecca Atherton said. “The scholarships mean my parents will probably not have to pay for much of my college and medical school. I am also very glad my efforts have paid off.”

Scholarships are definitely an up-side to being a finalist, as they can supplement their college tuition and fees.

“I have access to many impressive scholarships,” senior Chris Oven said. “I plan on attending the University of Oklahoma and double-majoring in Sports Management and Creative Media Production.”

The future looks bright for these four Broken Arrow students who, thanks to their title as National Merit Finalists, can follow their dreams without paying a high cost.

“I’ve been working towards this since elementary school when I learned what National Merit was,” senior Michaela Stabler said. “I’m ecstatic, and a little relieved to know it all paid off.”