On Sept. 9, 2015 the National Merit Scholarship Corporation notified Samuel Austin, a senior at Allendale High School, that he has been named as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. This honor was based on Sam’s PSAT score being one of the highest in the State of Michigan and allows Sam to compete for one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Next, Sam will fulfill several requirements to hopefully advance to the Finalist level of the competition which will be announced in February.
Sam is president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Rotary Interact Club, vice president of the student council, member of the First Robotics and track team, captain of the cross country team and is currently ranked #1 academically in the senior class. Sam also taught a Middle School rocketry program this summer. Sam is the son of Cynthia Wallentine and David Austin.