AHS senior named finalist for National Merit Scholarship

Published 9:15 am Saturday, February 18, 2023

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Andalusia High School senior Meleah Treadaway has been named a finalist in the 2023 competition for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s awards.

“A great deal of time, effort, and devotion has been poured into my education, and it’s gratifying to receive this recognition. Overall, I just feel an incredible sense of accomplishment. I would like to extend an incredible amount of thanks to my teachers at AHS. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Treadaway said.

The selection of some 7,250 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of 15,000 finalists is now in progress. NMSC will notify scholarship winners in March. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year. Treadaway was notified last September that she was a semifinalist.

She serves as SGA President, Homecoming Court Senior Attendant, Project Manager for the yearbook staff, and Pit Section Leader for the marching band. She is a City of Andalusia Ambassador and Program Aide for South Central Alabama Mental Health Center. She has received many honors in the past, including Girls State Representative, National Honor Society, DAR Good Citizenship Award, and National Merit Rural and Small Town Recognition.

Treadaway will be studying with the McCullough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars, a program within the University of Alabama Honors College. She would like to be a child psychiatrist.

“There are so many doors that have yet to be opened. I’m honestly looking forward to the uncertainty that the future holds because I know I have the resilience to handle anything that might come my way.”

She is the daughter of Angi Hicks and Marty Treadaway.

“We are so proud of Meleah. Her hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to academics has paid off, and we congratulate her on this prestigious award,” AHS Principal Ray Wilson said.

Established in 1955, National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program.