Minden High Student Receives Academic Honor
Written by Mark Chreene on September 22, 2021
Minden High School announced on Thursday that senior Connor Heard has been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although Heard will not continue in the 2022 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, he placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/MSQT).
According to Minden High School Principal, Dr. Becky Wilson, Heard is the first student to receive this award in at least the last 15 years. Wilson also stated that he earned a 33 on his ACT.
“Connor has demonstrated superior academic successes and is a powerful force on our football team; however, I am most proud of his servant’s heart,” Wilson stated. “Connor is quick to help anyone who is in need. He is kind and compassionate. Connor Heard is a role model for all of us.”
“These students represent a valuable national resource; Recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for the NMSC. “We hope that this recommendation will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Connor, who is the son of Spencer (Minden High Head Football coach) and Rachel Heard, also starts as a senior offensive lineman on the Minden High football team.