On Friday, a surprise convocation was held to honor LaGrange's accomplishments. "At first I didn't know what was going on but then someone said they heard what was going on when they were in office. Then I saw my family and I knew what they were there for."
LaGrange said she is excited about the possibility of being selected as a finalist for the program that offers over 2,500 National Merit Scholarships valued at $2,500.
"I'm looking at Purdue, Harvard and Yale if I get one of the scholarships. There's a chance I may still apply to Harvard and Yale for fun if I get another scholarship I've applied for," she said. "I want to be a veterinarian."
Not all finalists are guaranteed a scholarship but over 200 colleges and universities finance over 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who attend their schools. The recipients of the National Merit Scholarships will be announced in four nationwide news releases starting in April and concluding in July.