Valley Falls senior earns National Merit Finalist

Collin Edwards

Collin Edwards


by Clarke Davis
Valley Falls senior Collin Edwards learned last week that he has been named a National Merit Finalist.
This rare distinction is believed to be a first for USD 338.
Collin has taken a liking to physics and enjoys learning about how things work, especially on the subatomic level.
“I find physics interesting, but exploring the various fields of study in college will help me decide what I want to do,” he said. “I know I want to pick a field I will enjoy working in.”
He said he is equally comfortable working in the language arts and English department as he is with mathematics.
He’s already settled on the University of Kansas and the financial help has just been enhanced greatly with the National Merit Finalist notation by his name.
“KU was offering $5,000 a year, but that now goes to $10,000,” he said.
While that is a big help, it doesn’t pay for all of it, so he’ll be job hunting for something to do this summer and hopes to get an on-campus job in the fall.
Along with completing his course work for acquiring his high school diploma, Collin has completed 24 college credit hours through Highland Community College. His extra-curricular activities have included drama and theater, forensics, knowledge bowl, and three years of involvement in Future Business Leaders of America.
He’s had lead roles in the high school plays, but doesn’t know if he’ll become involve in theater at KU.
“I’m not sure but I’ve enjoyed it here,” he said.
He said drama has helped him with people skills and being able to express himself.
Collin was complementary toward his teachers who he said inspired him to learn and made his high school experience enjoyable.
Most students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of their junior year. About 1.5 million students take the test and only the top 1 percent are designated finalists.
Collin is the son of Christopher and Darla Edwards, Valley Falls.

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