Kallie Hedberg

Kallie Hedberg ()

RAF LAKENHEATH — It’s hard to get more qualified for a merit scholarship than Lakenheath High School senior Kallie Hedberg.

With a 4.27 GPA and membership in a number of extracurricular groups, including a National Honor Society chapter, she posted among the highest scores in aptitude tests last fall.

Those are the kind of academic chops that get students considered for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program, an annual grant given out to just 2,500 of the country’s top students.

On May 3, Hedberg was informed she’d been awarded one of the $2,500 scholarships. “I was very happy. My parents were, too,” she said.

In August, Hedberg will report to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

About potential majors, Hedberg said “I’m thinking about civil engineering, but I’m also thinking about physics.”

Hedberg scored 2,270 out of a possible 2,400 points on the PSAT last fall to earn consideration for the scholarship.

She thinks she’ll be successful at MIT by keeping up the work ethic she established at Lakenheath.

“I heard that to succeed, it helps to be a very good worker, and I’ve worked very hard,” she said.

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