Robinson is National Merit semifinalist


Almost 2 million high school students across the nation applied for the latest National Merit Scholarship Program in hopes of obtaining national, corporate-sponsored or college-sponsored scholarship awards.

Of those applicants, only about 16,000 are chosen as National Merit semifinalists – which is why Petal High School senior Quay Robinson was so honored to find out she’d recently been included in that group.

“I feel happy to be able to represent my school district, my city and the state of Mississippi as a whole,” she said. “Honestly, I feel like the Petal School District prepared me for this, and it’s just nice to be able to represent them.”

To be considered a participant in the program, Robinson sent her SAT results to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, along with her resume, application and essay. The finalists for the scholarship, who will compete for about 7,500 available $2,500 National Merit Scholarships, will be named in December or January.

Quay, who is the daughter of Jeff and Genna Robinson, plans to attend the University of Mississippi after graduation, where she will pursue a degree in biochemistry. 

“Hopefully (I can get in) the Honors College,” Quay said. “I haven’t been accepted yet, but I should find that out next month.”

In honor of the recognition, Quay was awarded with a plaque at last week’s meeting of the Petal School District Board of Trustees.

“Not only is she a great student and a great athlete, she’s just a great person,” Superintendent Matt Dillon said. “I’ve had the privilege of getting to know this family, and they’re just a great family – they’re very involved in our school district and they help with the volleyball team, among other things.

“So the future’s very, very bright for Quay. I think she has a strong foundation from her education here at Petal, and she’s going go off and do some great things. So we’re very excited about her and what the future holds for her.”

Bruce Magee, chairman of the board of trustees, told Quay he was proud of her achievements.

“Quay, you stack up well against some of the best in the country,” he told her during the board meeting. “I look forward to see what your plans are going to be in the future … and the future is bright for you.”