Wheeling Park High School Senior Named Merit Scholar

File Photo Mary Prather, second from right, stands with her parents, Liz and John, and sister Kathryn Prather, after a Math Field Day event last year. Mary Prather on Tuesday was named a National Merit Scholar.

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School senior Mary Prather is among 13 West Virginia students named today as National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Prather is one of 2,500 students nationwide to be named a National Merit scholar, from an original pool of 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholar program.

Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller said she “couldn’t be more proud” of Prather and that she and the entire district wish her the best of luck as she heads to college.

“She has a wonderful, supportive family, and I’m talking not just about her own family, but also the family she has here at Ohio County Schools,” said Miller. “We’re anxious to see what the future holds for her. We are so excited for this news.”

Prather is the daughter of John and Liz Prather of Wheeling.

The winners announced today are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp., the scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who appraised information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Today’s scholars are the second group named in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. On April 18, more than 1,000 recipients of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards were named, and on June 6 and July 16, some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced.

By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Other than Prather, West Virginia’s $2,500 National Merit Scholars are:

∫ James M. Higgins, Shady Spring High School;

∫ Elena G. Liu, Capital High School;

∫ JaneAnne M. Stockton, Capital High School;

∫ Obadah Tolaymat, George Washington High School;

∫ Zayd Tolaymat, George Washington High School;

∫ Carter R. Newman, Huntington High School;

∫ Michael A. Fletcher, Morgantown High School;

∫ Melanie G. Lyons, University High School;

∫ Shannon F. Werntz, Morgantown High School;

∫ Joy M. Justice, Charleston Catholic High School;

∫ Murad M. Hamirani, Parkersburg High School;

∫ Ethan M. Weaver, Parkersburg High School.

No local Ohio seniors were named in today’s announcement.