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Rosalie Daval, second from left, was chosen as a National Merit Scholar, receiving a scholarship to cover some of her college tuition. Wilson resident Christine Baker was also chosen as a National Merit Scholar.

Two Teton County students have been named National Merit Scholars.

Rosalie Daval from Jackson Hole High School and Christine Baker, who lives in Wilson but attends Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, were honored for their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They each earned a $2,500 scholarship for college from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Five winners were named in Wyoming. The number of winners in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating seniors.

The three other Wyoming scholars are McKenzie Mazur from Greybull, McKenzie Lilygren from Lander and Kimberly Solti from Sheridan.

A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors selected Baker, Daval and the rest of the winners from a pool of 15,000 finalists nationwide. They analyzed information from the finalists and their high schools, including academic record, difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned, standardized test scores, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay and a recommendation.

A press release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation lists Baker’s probable career field as business and Daval’s as environmental policy.

This year’s scholarship program began when the graduating class took the Preliminary SAT in October 2017.

Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than 1% of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists. Of the semifinalists, about 7,600 were named scholars and earned a combined total of over $31 million.

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079 or schools@jhnewsandguide.com.

Kylie Mohr covers the education and health beats. Mohr grew up in Washington and came to Wyoming via Georgetown. She loves seeing the starry night sky again.

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