Springfield High’s Andrew Larpenter Advances to Become National Merit Finalist

Springfield High’s Andrew Larpenter Advances to Become National Merit Finalist
Posted on 02/18/2019
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Springfield High’s Andrew Larpenter

Advances to Become National Merit Finalist


SPRINGFIELD, La. – Springfield High School Senior Andrew Larpenter has advanced to become a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, making him eligible for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be awarded this spring.


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced Larpenter’s advancement in the competition this week.


“We were excited to hear the news for Andrew,” Springfield High School Principal Spencer Harris said.


“I consider it a privilege to have watched Andrew grow during his time at our school.  He has always been extremely intelligent and skilled in the classroom.  But he has also grown into a leader and someone who is willing to work with others to do things,” Harris said.


“Clearly, Andrew has all the ability and drive to be one of the most successful people to come through our school,” he added.  “We congratulate him on this national honor and wish him the very best for a bright future.”


Larpenter is the son of Rodney and Kelly Larpenter of Killian, Louisiana.  He plans to attend Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering after graduating high school in May 2018.


Larpenter is president of his senior class and a member of the school’s golf team and Beta Club.  He participates in local community service projects and is currently overseeing the school’s public service announcement competition to promote positive behavior, such as avoiding drugs, alcohol or tobacco products or standing up against bullying.  He says he also enjoys going to church and is currently splitting his time between Bible Holiness Church in Robert, La., and St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Springfield, La.


Larpenter said he heard about the National Merit Scholarship competition about a year and a half ago and decided to apply.


To enter the competition, a student must take the PSAT test during his or her junior year of high school.  From the 1.6 million students who met entry requirements for 2018 competition, approximately 16,000 were selected as semifinalists.  Merit Scholar semifinalists are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 


As a national finalist, Larpenter will compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered this spring.  

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