Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2019 | Page 6

National Merit Finalist ———————————— Senior among less than 1 % of HS students in the country National Merit Scholarship Corporation Ipock also participates in his school’s Academic Decathlon team. Shelly Butler (left) is the principal at Mansfield Legacy High School. MANSFIELD ISD | A Legacy High School senior is among the less than 1 percent of high school students in the country to be named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Phillip Ipock who earned the distinction based on his top score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Out of more than 1.6 million entrants, only 15,000 students are 6 | Mansfield ISD TODAY selected as National Merit Finalists. Phillip will continue in the com- petition for approximately 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more than $32 million offered in the spring. “It’s very exciting. I’m really thankful for everyone who helped me get here, especially my par- ents,” said Ipock. “I prepared by doing a lot of independent study- ing. I also worked with a lot of prep books and had help from teachers.” National Merit finalists are selected based on their skills, ac- complishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious prefer- ence. The National Merit Scholarship Program was founded in 1955 to identify and honor scholastically talented American youth and to encourage them to develop their abilities to the fullest.