Hailey Polson, of Claremore, has been named as a National Merit semifinalist. She is one of 88 high school seniors in northeast Oklahoma to receive this distinction. Polson has attended Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa since 2015 when she entered sixth grade. Prior to that she attended elementary school at Justus Tiawah.
In addition, Polson has been recognized by College Board for two separate awards. First, as an “AP Scholar with Distinction.” She earned this award by scoring at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scored of three or higher on five or more exams. Nationwide, only about 10 percent of students taking AP exams earn this distinction.
The second award was the “National Indigenous Recognition Program for Excellence in Academic Achievement.” Polson qualified for this award by being a member of the Cherokee Nation, her PSAT score fell within the top 10 percent pf the PSAT scores in the state, by earning three or higher on two or more AP exams and maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Polson is the daughter of Tammy and David Polson.