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Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy student Aidan Looney was recently named National Merit Scholarship Finalist thanks to a Preliminary SAT (PSAT) score of 1400, exceptional academic performance, and a journey from injury to recovery. While Looney’s application essay describing the six-months of therapy following a severely broken ankle may have played a small role in becoming a finalist, he feels the experience was the catalyst for getting him here.

“During my recovery, my friends and family were there for moral and physical support. They helped me with everything,” he said. “It was their support and encouragement that pushed me to apply for the scholarship.”

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards scholarships to high school students who meet rigorous participation requirements. Of the more than 1.5 million students who apply each year, approximately 7,600 students receive a Merit Scholarship.  When students advance to finalist standing, high school principals are notified and given a Certificate of Merit to present to each finalist. Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy Headmaster, Susan Provenza was proud to recognize Looney for years of academic excellence on her campus.

“Aiden has been a student at our school since we opened in 2013. Since he arrived on campus as a fifth-grader, he has dedicated himself to academic achievement,” she said. “His success is due to years of hard work and he deserves this recognition.”

Following his high school graduation, Looney plans to attend the United States Military Academy or the United States Naval Academy to pursue a STEM-related degree and career. 

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