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Panhandle high school senior selected as scholarship finalist

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A Panhandle High School senior is selected as a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

17-year-old Allison Stricker is one of 15-thousand finalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The program's selection process begins junior year and is based on a students PSAT scores.

Stricker says it's an honor to be chosen from a pool of more than 1.5 million high school seniors.

At school, Stricker plays an active role in creating the school's yearbook.

When she's not hitting the books, you can find Stricker working with children at a day care or with her church's youth groups.

The high school senior hopes to attend Harvard in the fall and wants to major in graphic communications and design.

"It's made a lot more of my plans for college and my hopes for college a lot more attainable," says Stricker.  "As the national merit finalist, you get opened up to a lot more opportunities. It makes it so I can maybe afford to go to Harvard if I get accepted."

The National Merit Scholarship winners of 2013 will be announced between April and July.

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