Judge is a senior at Jacksonville High School where she is involved in soccer, is one of the team’s captains, is a vocalist with the jazz band, was All-State choir, belongs to the drama club, Key Club, has won pageants, and oh, by the way, is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Judge is in rare company. In 2011, 1,500,000 U.S. high school students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test and those who met other program requirements entered the 2013 competition for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
That number was whittled down to 50,000 high scorers who scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualified them for recognition in April 2012.
From this number, 16,000 semi-finalists were named. In February of this year, 15,000 finalists were named across the country of which Judge was one of them.
Obviously, being named a finalist is a feat in itself, something to be very proud of, not only for the individual but also for the school.
Mike Newell, principal of Jacksonville High School, says that it isn’t often you see a student from a school the size of Jacksonville become a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. “Across area schools,” said Newell, “you usually see the Mountain Brook’s, Hoover’s, Homewood’s and private schools who have students that win this award. You don’t typically see the smaller schools like a 4A Jacksonville.”
Newell went on to say that since 2000 Jacksonville has had 10 National Merit Scholarship Finalists and two National Merit Achievement Scholar Finalists.
Judge, who is the valedictorian for her graduating class with a 100.93 GPA, has been attending Jacksonville City Schools since the sixth grade. She says that study habits she has learned, especially in her junior year, have prepared her to study as much as she needs to and to prioritize her time.
Judge feels that her junior year was the toughest with three AP classes and a math class.
As much as her junior year prepared her for the future, Judge seems to already have had all the tools in place to be successful.
Newell describes Judge as, “A fantastic student; Allison is a very driven student.
“Over the past three years she has maintained an “A” average in all her classes. She has a lot of things going on in her life and yet she can still focus on the academic side and do so well.
“She is a well-rounded student. Not often do you encounter a student of her caliber and her abilities to do so many different things so well. She is the total package…an achievement champion.”
Judge has been involved in multiple drama productions and has been the director for a couple of the plays.
She won the Cinderella Pageant, where she won the talent award for singing.
She is the Distinguished Young Woman of Calhoun County, a competition that used to be called America’s Junior Miss. She competed at-large and won at the county level and then went on to the Alabama Pageant.
She takes voice and piano at JSU and has been in a few operas with the Jacksonville Opera Theater.
She is on the JHS soccer team that is ranked in the top five of the state and will be competing in the second round of playoffs.
Yet with all of these successes, Judge seems unaffected by it all. She is a down-to-earth teenager who is polite, pleasant to talk to and very sociable.
Judge has decided to attend Millsap College in Jackson, Miss. “It’s a really small college with less than 1,000 students and they are very open to me doing all the activities I did in high school,” said Judge of her college choice.
Judge will be attending on a Presidential and Choral Scholarship, where she plans on majoring in Chemistry and right now is looking at Pharmacy as a career.
There is no doubt that this multi-talented student will achieve at anything she wants to do in life.
Allison is the daughter of what must be two very proud parents, David and Cynthia.