Student Spotlight

Grissom Senior Moves Forward in National Competition

Michael McMeen, a senior at Grissom High School, has made it to the semifinal round of the Presidential Scholars Program—one of the top honors for high schoolers. The program is so selective that only 10 students from Alabama—722 nationwide—made it to the semifinals.

Presidential scholars are judged based on  academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, and transcripts, along with community service, leadership and commitment to high ideals, according to the Huntsville City Schools website.

As for Michael, well, let’s just say he has those bases covered. So far, Michael has gotten a perfect score on the ACT and a scholarship from the Huntsville Council of PTAs, according to Facebook.

Earlier this year, Michael got another top honor. He was named one of the National Merit Finalists for 2017.

Michael credits his math teacher, Cindy Rodgers, for inspiring him to work harder.

“I knew her all four years,” Michael said in the interview. “She’s been an amazing inspiration.”

The finalists will be announced in the coming weeks. If Michael is chosen, he will be invited to the National Recognition Program in Washington, D.C. this summer.

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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