My niece, Riley Beckwith, named National Merit Finalist, receives full ride to U. of Dallas, and is Dayton High School valedictorian.

I’m very proud of my niece, Riley Beckwith, who graduates tomorrow from Dayton High School (Nevada) as its valedictorian. Here’s an article about her from this morning’s Reno Gazette-Journal:

Dayton High School senior Riley Beckwith has been named a National Merit Finalist Scholarship recipient, the most prestigious and highly competitive award given through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Beckwith, the Dayton High Class of 2013 Valedictorian, has also accepted the school-sponsored National Merit Finalist Scholarship offered by the University of Dallas, where she will attend in the fall. The full tuition scholarship is valued at over $120,000.

Beckwith called the honor “amazing” and said it gives her the opportunity that she otherwise might not have had to attend the University of Dallas. She had originally been considering attending the University of Nevada, Reno, but said when she was announced as a semifinalist, she thought she could potentially go somewhere else.

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