Exeter Township secondary school student Kira Marr named National Merit Scholarship finalist

Kira Marr, a resident of Exeter and a senior at Exeter Township Senior High School, has been named a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship – an honor achieved by less than 1% of US high school students.

Marr, the daughter of Drs. Paul and Kathryn Marr earned this distinction by earning an exemplary score on the PSAT and SAT, achieving academic excellence in her schoolwork, receiving endorsement from Principal Tom Campbell, and completing an application and essay.

Marr, who plans to attend college for mechanical engineering to focus on environmental and climate change issues, became involved in technology-based extracurricular programs throughout high school, including the Science Olympiad, the PA Governor’s STEM Team and the Technology Student Association.

She is also involved with the Orchestra, the Mini-THON and the National Honor Society, and recently launched a peer-editing service for secondary school students through the NHS. An accomplished runner, Kira has also been a member of the cross-county, track and winter track teams and qualified for district and state competitions in relay events. Marr has also volunteered during summers with Teachers in the Parks and Exeter Elite Track Club.

Marr said her involvement in studies and sports and her dedication to both helped her become more confident and overcome insecurities growing up, a theme she wrote about in her National Merit essay.

“Self-esteem and image issues have stopped me and I’m sure a lot of other people from doing the things I wanted to do. I want people to know that we’re gives a chance to grow and live our life. I don’t want to live my life pretending to be someone I’m not, so I think it’s important for people to be true to themselves and be proud of who they are.

“Kira is an outstanding student. She is humble and such a support and gives to others around her,” said Campbell, the high school principal. “She deserves this honour, and we are so proud that she represents Exeter in this national competition.”

Marr’s advancement through the finalist round of the prestigious national merit-based scholarship program will see him compete against 15,000 finalists to be selected for one of 7,500 scholarships, to be announced later this spring and at beginning of summer. The academic competition was launched in 1995 with approximately 1.5 million high school students entering the program each year.

Martha K. Merrill