• Cassandra (Cassie) Bell, National Merit Finalist

    If you are unsure of the qualifications to become a National Merit Finalist, listen up. It consists of only the top 1% of High School Seniors Nationwide. The PSAT is the qualifying test for entry into the National Merit Program. Cassie has already received a full five-year scholarship to the University of Alabama. However, she is still considering offers and acceptance from the likes of Clemson, Virginia Tech, MIT, Harvard, and Duke. "They all have good academic programs, and I'm considering staying close to home," says Cassie. Cassie has a 4.63 weighted GPA and has been a member of the National Honor Society since 10th grade. After taking an AP research course, her topic for a research paper sparked her interest in conservation. As a result, Cassie will study Bio-Chemistry and Genetics for conservation purposes in college. She plans on pursuing a Bachelor's to Ph.D. program. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys scouts, brazilian jujitsu, camping, and volunteer work.