Pipestem named National Merit semifinalist

Parrish Pipestem, a student at Booker T. Washington, has been named a National Merit semifinalist.

Pipestem, Osage/Cherokee and of the Grayhorse District, is among 16,000 semifinalists across the country competing for a National Merit scholarship in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

As a semifinalist, Pipestem must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level this year. He will submit a detailed scholarship application, maintain an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarship winners will be announced from April through July.

Pipestem has been inducted into the Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society, he has participated in a three-week pre-college program through the Center for Native American Youth at Columbia University, his mother’s alma mater. He was also one of 10 people to receive a 2019-2020 Dreamstarter grant from the Running Strong for American Indian Youth program.

Parrish is the son of Wilson and Brenda Pipestem.