Texas High seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

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TEXARKANA — Two Texas High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Jenna Woodard and Kate Woodard are two of 16,000 students chosen from 1.5 million entrants. Their inclusion is based upon academic record, participation in school and community activities, ability to demonstrate leadership, employment, honors and awards received, and highest scoring in the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

THS senior Jenna Woodard

Jeanna and Kate will both move forward to the finalist selection to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered in spring 2021.

The twins are four-year members of the Texas High School Marching Band and Drumline. Jenna was named a Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Band member during her sophomore and junior years, while Kate earned the same honor during her junior year.

Jenna qualified for State Solo & Ensemble for the past three years, and Kate qualified for the same honor during her freshman year.

The daughters of Joanna Pridgen and Rusty Woodard are each members of TigerVision with Kate having served as editor and executive producer of the daily live shows. Jenna was a team member “Gifted,” a short film that received Best Art Direction and Set Design awards during the Student Television Network National Awards program.

In their junior years, both Jenna and Kate were selected to participate in the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Project sponsored by NASA. The Woodard twins applied their math and science skills via interactive lessons and participated in a week-long residential program at Johnson Space Center working directly with NASA engineers and scientists on hands-on design challenges and engineering activities to plan a Mars mission.

THS senior Kate Woodard

In their senior years, the two members of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Calculus Club were chosen to be part of the 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program where students are able to further develop their teamwork and leadership skills with other students from the Texarkana area and Northeast Texas.