Perryman joins UCO fraternity

Reed Alexander Perryman, McAlester, has become a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization at the University of Central Oklahoma. The organization recognizes academic achievement. He is the son of Hal and Sue Aber.

Appleman graduates

Kimberly London Appelman, formerly of McAlester, has passed the Oklahoma Bar examination.

She was sworn in at the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Sept. 27 in Oklahoma City.

She graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in May.

She is the daughter of the late Frank London and Bonnie London Ward, of McAlester. She is the mother of Cody Camp, of Edmond; and Hailee Davis, of Catoosa.

She is employed with Legal Advocates for Indian Country in Owasso.

Sellmeyer named semifinalist

A McAlester High School senior is among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 51st annual National Merit Scholarship program.

Andrea Sellmeyer will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33 million, that will be offered next spring.

Sellmeyer is a member of advanced placement classes at MHS and is a member of the Oklahoma Honor Society. She has also been listed on the Superintendent’s honor roll. She has been a U.S. Achievement Academy All-American Scholar since 2003. She is a member of Who’s Who Among High School Students and the National Society of High School Scholars.

As a member of the varsity golf team, she was a 2003 member OSSAA State Academic Champion Class 5A Girls Golf Team. And, as a member of the varsity volleyball team she was a 2004 OSSAA State Academic Champion Class 5A Girls Golf Team member.

She is a member of the youth group, performing group and band at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and is on the youth advisory board for the Youth Emergency Shelter.

She is the daughter of Jeff and Sabrina Sellmeyer.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalists level of the competition.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalists standing, and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Program.

Scholarships awarded through the program are underwritten by NMSC’s own funds and approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions which share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Competition steps more than 1.3 million juniors in nearly 21,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2006 National Merit Program by taking the 2004 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout the high school years, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance.

The semifinalist and a school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s self-descriptive essay and information about the semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Approximately 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the finalist level and it is from this group that all Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen.