Hendrix named National Merit Semifinalist
June 25, 2008 · Updated 12:36 PM
"Jenny Hendrix, a senior at South Whidbey High School, is a National Merit Semifinalist in the 46th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.As one of 16,000 semifinalists throughout the nation, Hendrix has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,000 Merit Scholarship awards, worth over $31 million, that will be offered next spring.More than 1.2 million students in over 20,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2001 Merit Programs when they were juniors by taking the 1999 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Fewer than one percent of the nation's high school seniors were named Semifinalists, with South Whidbey's only representative being Jenny Hendrix.Hendrix is the daughter of Josette Hendrix of Clinton and Tom Hendrix of Langley. Born in Seattle, she and her family moved to Whidbey Island in 1989. In high school, Hendrix is a member of the wind ensemble where she plays the flute. She said she loves music and hopes to continue playing in college. She is also secretary of the Key Club, a member of the Big Sister program, and participates in the Power of Hope, an organization working with youth empowerment through the arts.Hendrix has a 3.98 GPA in high school. She loves to write and has edited the high school poetry journal, The Chameleon, the last two years. Her work has been published in the Maxwelton Odyssey and Bellowing Ark magazine. On stage, she has been in the high school musicals Much Ado About Nothing, and Babes in Arms.Hendrix plans to attend a liberal arts college on the East Coast and study either English or biology. She also hopes to study abroad. "