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Jenna Sink named National Merit Scholar

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Jennette (Jenna) Sink, a homeschooled senior of Chesterton, recently received the distinction of National Merit Scholar in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) 2014 scholarship competition. Jenna was selected as a winner of the National Merit NiSource Employee Scholarship. Pursuant to an Agreement with the NMSC, this Merit Scholarship award is sponsored by NiSource Charitable Foundation and provides an annual stipend in a fixed amount of $1,000, renewable for up to four years of full-time undergraduate study.

From approximately 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They were designated on a state representational basis, in proportion to each state's percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance.

All winners of about 8,000 National Merit Scholarships have been chosen from the group of approximately 15,000 distinguished Finalists. National Merit Scholars receive one of three types of scholarships: Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships, NMSC $2500 Scholarships, or College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships.

Sink, daughter of Randy and Robin Sink of Chesterton, works as a teacher assistant at Chesterton Montessori School, tutors elementary students at Brummitt Elementary School in the YMCA after-school program, teaches chess weekly to elementary students in Homegrown Hearts Home School Co-op in Chesterton, and is a member of both the Lakeshore Drifters 4-H Club and Home Educators Reaching Out (HERO). A former Indiana Association of Home Educators state spelling bee champion (2009) and participant in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., Jenna has served as a spelling bee judge in HERO’s local Scripps Spelling Bee each year. Jenna plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.


Posted 4/25/2014