Garand Tyson, a senior at Live Oak Classical School, has been named a Semifinalist in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program.
He is one of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists and has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million offered next spring.
Garand is the son of Wendy and Dr. Todd Tyson, of McGregor. He is a member of the National Honor Society.
During his junior year he received his Eagle Scout Award; was named a Dean’s List Semifinalist in FIRST Robotics (a coach-nominated award for leadership); was the Texas State Robotics Invitational runner-up; and received the school’s Excellence in Physics Award.
As a sophomore, he was an all-district tight end in football.
During his freshman year he was named a Mock Trial Rookie All-Star and received Excellence in History and Excellence in Chemistry awards.
Garand has received the St. Catherine of Siena Service Award each of the last three years.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.