Marshalltown High School senior Ben Anzis has been named a National Merit Scholarship winner. He is among 2,500 students recognized with the honor out of 1.5 million students across the country who took the initial exam.
"It's just an extraordinary achievement," said MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay. "Ben has worked so hard. He represents our school so well and we are so proud of him."
Anzis was chosen from a pool of 15,000 finalists and selection is based on academic record, difficulty of subject levels, standardized tests and community activities.
"This puts him at the very top," Phomvisay said.
Anzis has already been named a Presidential Scholar this year.
"Those are two huge accomplishments," Phomvisay said.
His selection gives MHS merit winners in three consecutive years. Molly Finn was selected last year as a national merit winner. Ben's older brother, Matt Anzis, was a national merit scholar in 2011.
Anzis receives a $2,500 college scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as part of the award. He is the son of Hank and Kathy Anzis of Marshalltown.
"It's wonderful," Kathy Anzis said. "We are very proud of him."
Ben Anzis has a full ride scholarship to the University of Idaho, where he plans to study math and computer science.
MHS senior Joe Metzger was a merit finalist this year from MHS.