Bullitt East High School Senior Jake Keys has earned National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist status.
“I won’t say that I was necessarily surprised that I received the award, after all, I felt very good after taking the PSAT (the test used to determine semifinalists) and seeing my score,” he said.
“However, I can’t say that I wasn’t very excited when I was finally able to hold the letter in my hands. That morning I had looked up the cutoff score and once I saw that mine had made the cut I knew it was only a matter of time. I could not stop myself from smiling for the rest of the day,” Jake said.
He is one of 16,000 semifinalists of which 15,000 will be selected as finalists. National Merit Scholarships will be awarded to 7,500 students.
“For becoming a finalist, I must complete an application that includes who I am, what I do in school, my grades, my SAT score, essays, my parent’s occupation and other items relevant to my academic and personal life,” Jake explained.
He excels the most in Math and said Science is the most challenging but he does not have many problems with it.
Jake’s future plans include applying to Yale University in November, then Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, and Vanderbilt. He intends to study Economics or Finance and work in private equity.
Jake is the 17 year-old son of Monica Keys who works in HR/Billing/Accounts. He has a younger brother, Carter, a Bullitt East freshman.