ELIDA — Grace Earl,18, a senior at Elida High School, is a National Merit Scholarship finalist, an academic achievement she’s very proud to have earned.
“It all starts when you take the PSAT as a junior, and then if you get a high enough score on that, you can qualify as a semi-finalist. Then you have to take the SAT, and they see if it like confirms the scores,” she said. “Then you can become a finalist, and that puts you in the running for some scholarships through their organization,” she said.
Earl is undecided where she’ll go to college.
“I’m not sure yet. I’m undecided between the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky. I want to major in biology or medical sciences probably and then go on and become a radiologist,” she said.
A medical problem of her own due to a bone spur in her ankle got her interested in radiology as a possible career.
“I learned a lot about it because of that, and I learned there’s a whole lot of different options within it,” she said, “because it’s like MRI’s and X-rays and all those types of things. It’s constantly changing, so it wouldn’t be the same thing every day. It’s just an interesting field,” she said.
Earl remains active in sports. She’s been on the swim team, and she’s a pole vaulter on the track team.
“All my friends do sports, so I like the team atmosphere of it and the community you build around doing the sport. Then it teaches you a lot about responsibility and time management,” she said.
Earl is also involved in the school musicals at Elida High School, working backstage on productions.
“I’ve done two plays, and this will be my third musical,” she said.
Earl appreciates her time at Elida schools.
“I really like my teachers. I have really good teachers, and I like that I’ve gone to school with the same kids since kindergarten, so we’ve all know each other for a really long time. We’re all comfortable around each other,” she said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.