Brady student named National Merit semifinalist

Charles Hallford of Brady has been named a semifinalist in the 2001-2002 National Merit Scholarship Competition. He is the son of Charles and Virginia Hallford of Brady. Hallford is a student at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a two-year residential program at the University of North Texas that allows talented students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college while earning their high school diplomas. Students enroll in the academy following their sophomore year in high school, live in a UNT residence hall and attend UNT classes with college students. Hallford attended Brady High School before enrolling in the Academy in August 2000. He is among 16,000 students in the nation selected as semifinalists for scoring in the top 0.5 percent on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. More than 1.2 million high school juniors took the exam, which was administered by the college board in October 2000. Approximately 15,000 of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level of the competition and become eligible for a share of $32 million in college scholarships.

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