Nixa National Merit Finalists 2019

The Nixa Board of Education recognized four National Merit Finalists who are seniors at Nixa High School. Raegan Allen, Shelby Berry, Emma Roesler and Arianna Swensen rank among the top 15,000 senior student in the nation.


June 4, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced approximately 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Nixa graduates Raegan Allen, Shelby Berry, Emma Roesler and Arianna Swenson were selected by their colleges of choice as scholarship winners among the 2019 finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the college financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100.

More than 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than 1 percent of the nation’s seniors. 

Semifinalists became finalists by fulfilling additional requirements. About 7,600 students will achieve full status as National Merit Scholars in 2019.

National Merit Scholars from Nixa

Raegan L. Allen

Probable career field: Writing 

Emory College, the undergraduate division of Emory University, a private, coeducational university located in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. 

Shelby Berry 

Probable career field: Biomedical engineering 

The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, has its main campus in Oxford and enrolls 9,000. About a fourth of those students are from out of state.

Emma G. Roesler

Probable career field: Politics 

Drake University is a private, coeducational university in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake offers its 5,200 students more than 70 undergraduate majors in six colleges and schools.

Arianna N. Swensen

Probable career field: Computer science 

The University of Mississippi offers bachelor through doctoral degrees in liberal arts, business and education.

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