Greenwood, AR, September 12, 2018 – Greenwood High School seniors Julia Brixey, Abby Denison, and Tyler Merreign have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalist. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT test during their junior year. Only the top scorers in each state are designated as Semifinalist. To become a Finalist, students must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities. They must also earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier performance on the PSAT. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing in the spring, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.


Abby is the daughter of Lane and Deann Denison and plans on attending UA Fayetteville and major in biomedical engineering. She is involved in marching/jazz band, Beta club, NHS, and her church choir/praise band.


Tyler is the son of Josie and Ty Merreighn and plans on majoring in biomedical engineering. He is co-president of Beta club, and involved in Quiz Bowl, NHS, NSHSS Ambassador, and Mu Alpha Theta.


Julia is the daughter of Leslie and Chad Brixey and plans on majoring in neuropsychology. She plays on the volleyball team and is involved with Student Council, Beta Club, NHS, FBLA, Mu Alpha Theta and attends the United Methodist Church.