• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Keaton Martin named National Merit Scholarship finalist

KEATON MARTIN, a 2021 National Merit Scholarship finalist and Woodford County High School senior, plans to double major in computer engineering and computer science at the University of Kentucky, he said. (Photo submitted)

Woodford County High School senior Keaton Martin has been named a 2021 National Merit Scholarship finalist. Of 1.5 million entrants, Keaton was among the top 15,000 high school students across the country selected as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during their junior year to enter the academic competition. “National Merit is pretty difficult to get,” said Keaton, 17. “I studied pretty hard for it. So I feel good, like I deserved it.” Keaton has already earned a Presidential Scholarship as a Governor’s Scholars Program participant, which will cover his tuition at University of Kentucky. He plans to pursue a double major in computer engineering and computer science. “Obviously,” Keaton said, “I want to do something with computers. I don’t know if that’s programming or … system architecture or anything like that. But I’ve just got to see what I like in college …” “… I’ve liked computers since I was a kid. I’ve played my fair share of video games ...” so his career path’s origins go deep.

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