By Kevin Shannahan
2019 NCHS Senior Tyler Nichols was selected as a finalist in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. Tyler is the only student from the Natchitoches Parish School system to have advanced to Finalist status in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program. He is also the first student from the Natchitoches Parish School system to be named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist in quite a few years. The National Merit Scholarship Program is a nationally recognized standard of excellence. Being named a Finalist is a notable achievement.
Tyler, one of this year’s salutatorians, will be attending Texas A&M University where he plans on majoring in Chemical Engineering. He was a member of the NCHS swim team and Future Farmers of America for 4 years. He was also a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. While at NCHS, he earned dual enrollment college credit from NSU for 2 English classes, Western Civilization and Fine Arts, a superb record of achievement in addition to the National Merit Scholarship Finalist designation.
Tyler wanted to thank Anne Stultz, Aaron Beaubouef and Lesa Thompson of the NCHS faculty as well as Coach Cindy Davis of the NCHS Swim Team for all of the help and guidance they gave him throughout his tenure at NCHS.
Last year, over 1.6 million students entered the National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT as high school juniors. Of those, 39,134 received commendations for their high scores and 16,505 went on to become semi-finalists in the competition. There were 15,322 finalists throughout the nation last year, about 200 of them from Louisiana. Not one was from a Natchitoches Parish School. Thanks to Tyler Nichols, that is not the case in 2019.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend Tyler Nichols for a job well done and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.