By Danny Davis
A Goddard High senior was named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Kendra Young, daughter of Darren and Pam Young, is one of 16,000 semifinalists named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 1.5 million juniors across the nation applied last school year by taking the qualifying test.
While attending GHS, Kendra has maintained a large workload both in school and outside of school. She plays year-round soccer, playing for Kansas Rush Wichita during the fall and GHS during the spring. She has also played piano for six years and remained active with her church youth group.
“She’s just incredible with the work ethic that she has,” Pam said. “She’s done great in everything that she tries, I’m just extremely proud of her.”
Kendra plans to attend the best pre-medical program she can find, she said. However, she has not narrowed down her choices yet and is urged by her parents to apply to at least 20 programs.
“I hope to become successful enough that I can work at a small facility,” Kendra said. “I want to specialize in something, not just be a general surgeon.”
At GHS, Kendra has enrolled in multiple advanced-placement courses including U.S. History, Calculus, and Chemistry. She also works part-time at Legends Sports Photography.
“We are so lucky to have Kendra as a daughter,” Pam said. “She is very talented and has been truly blessed.”
15,000 of the semifinalists are expected to advance in the scholarship competition. From the finalists pool, half will receive a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar.