MINOOKA — Minooka Community High School senior Charles Tierney, son of Todd and Jean Tierney of Channahon, was named a finalist in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
Charles now joins approximately 15,000 other finalists from high schools across the country who will continue in the competition for more than 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.
More than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
In order to be considered for Finalist status, participants must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
“Charles and his dedication to academics serve as wonderful examples to students at MCHS and across the country,” MCHS Principal Darcie Kubinski said. “The entire MCHS community is proud of Charles and fully encourages him to continue his dedication to academic excellence.”
Charles is involved in a wide variety of activities and sports at MCHS, including concert and jazz band, Madrigal Brass, musical pit orchestra, Marching Indians, Scholastic Bowl, math team, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, cross-country and track and field.
Away from MCHS, he enjoys participating in the local 4-H club, as well as playing video games, running and playing backyard sports with his friends.
Tierney also learned this summer that he scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test he took last spring, which is an accomplishment earned by only .04 percent of all students who take the test each year.
After graduation, Tierney plans to attend the University of Illinois and major in mechanical engineering.