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SMARTS  — Aditi Sood (left) is a direct-admit to the University of Evansville medical program.
Herald Photo / Dean Hockney SMARTS — Aditi Sood (left) is a direct-admit to the University of Evansville medical program.
Kokomo High School is no stranger to having high-level students. 

Senior Aditi Sood is the latest to add her name to the honors list after recently earning finalist status in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

“The administration is incredibly proud of Aditi for being named a National Merit Finalist,” said KHS Principal Angela Blessing. “Aditi is respected by faculty, staff, and peers for her scholarly approach to her studies. Aditi’s desire to know, to explore, to experiment, to debate, and to question makes her an enjoyable student. Aditi’s tremendous work ethic has brought her to the threshold of a future filled with enriching academic possibilities.”

There are 15,000 finalists from around the nation, and 7,400 will be named scholarship winners later this spring. To become a National Merit Finalist, Sood submitted a detailed scholarship application, in which she provided information about her academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, and honors and awards. The AP Scholar with Distinction also had to demonstrate an outstanding academic record throughout her high school career, earn SAT scores that confirmed her earlier performance on the qualifying PSAT, write an essay, and be endorsed by a Kokomo High School official.

Last fall, Sood was honored as a semifinalist after recording outstanding a PSAT scores of 76 out of a possible 80 in critical reading, 72 in mathematics, and 72 in writing portions of the exam for an overall score of 220.

“She is one of the hardest working students I have ever had,” said Blessing. “And she is an incredible person, so kind-hearted. She is also a direct-admit to the University of Evansville medical program. We are just so excited and proud of her.”

Sood said she is proud of be a Wildkat and appreciates the advanced courses the school offers students.

“Kokomo offers so much, and finding a college that was up-to-par was tough,” said Sood. “I will never forget the opportunities Kokomo offered. For the Evansville scholarship, everyone went over and beyond to help me prepare, and that is something other high schools don’t offer.”

Kokomo School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hauswald said Sood is an example for other students to follow.

“You cannot find anything bad to say about Aditi,” said Hauswald. “She is just an amazing student; you could talk an hour about her. She is one we don’t want to lose.”

Sood said she also is appreciative for the way the school corporation is catering to the educational needs of younger students. 

“I had a chance to tour Center Middle Intermediate School, and I am excited about the opportunities (my sister) will have going forward,” said Sood.