Matt Edgar: National Merit Finalist
By Ryan Bailey
Senior Matt Edgar has been selected as a National Merit Finalist. In September Edgar was notified that he had been selected as a semifinalist, representing less than one percent of high school seniors in the nation. He now has the opportunity to compete with the nation’s most academically talented seniors for National Merit’s 7500 scholarships. “I am extremely honored and thankful that I have been selected,” said Edgar. “This will be a huge help for my post secondary education.”
Several students and teachers who know Matt well commented upon this profound achievement:
- “If I had to rate Matt Edgar on a 1-10 scale, I would give him at least 10,” his friend Erik Williams stated.
- Additionally, Lydia Manley added, “Never go with Matt to Slappyz.”
- “Matt Edgar is sickening friendly on a level that is gross and makes me want to puke when I look at him,” History teacher Mr. Robbie Malcomson joked. “But seriously, he is really approachable. I could have put him with anyone, friend or not, and he would work well with any person he came across. He has a natural leadership characteristic, and in 10-20 years I wouldn’t be surprised if he were in charge of a company.”
- “Honestly, Matt is probably the nicest person I’ve ever met,” stated Austin Gregory, “and genuinely cares about people.”
- Mr. Harvey Harris, Spanish teacher as well as both tennis and academic team coach, said of Matt: “Matt is a good tennis player and he qualified for the Governor’s Cup regionals in math and science. He stepped in to replace a science person who didn’t show and, with no preparation, made the regionals.”
- “Matt is always someone you can look forward to seeing,” said Amanda Crutchfield.
- Ms. Esther Orndorff, student council sponsor, said on behalf of Matt: “As president of the Student Council, Matt has a natural leadership instinct. His demeanor is always respectful and something for youths and adults to strive for every day. He is always the first to go the extra mile in every situation and always has a smile ready. He is the student that you want in every extracurricular activity and one that is diverse enough to be in all of them. Matt will go on to represent LCHS and Logan County well for the rest of his life wherever his future takes him.”
Matt entered the National Merit Scholarship program as a junior, when he along with over 1.6 million others took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
But above all, what is most noteworthy is not the scholastic achievements or astute insights that seem to come easy to Matt. Rather, it is the exceptional and fearless kindness that makes him so remarkably memorable, bringing light to a world that is in dire need of the hope that such compassion brings.