National Merit Award

PPCA announces first-ever National Merit semifinalist

Pearl, Miss – Matthew Wise, senior at Park Place Christian Academy (PPCA) in Pearl, Miss., was among those announced as a Semifinalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Out of a pool of about 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools, the prestigious honor of being selected as a National Merit Semifinalist is limited to approximately 16,000 students in the United States. The selection proclaims Matthew to be an individual student who shows exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. He will have the opportunity to compete for one of the 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Matthew is the son of Michael and Susan Wise. He is a member of Park Place Baptist Church where he is active in the youth group and assists with Media ministry and worship. An avid reader, Matthew is a member of PPCA’s National Honor Society, Beta Club, Book Club, and has been a member of the Cross-Country and Tennis teams at PPCA, where he has attended since three-year-old Kindergarten. Matthew has served in student government and oversees the team responsible for hoisting the PPCA flag every morning. Always willing to help out faculty, staff, and fellow students at PPCA, Matthew is currently considering pursuing a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Mississippi State University.


“This kind of stuff is a HUGE reason why we are at Park Place Christian Academy. The love and concern we have had from teachers is such a blessing. I’m glad my children have a school family. Not all members always agree on everything, but I truly believe that decisions are made with the best intentions. I believed these words 12 yrs ago and I KNOW they are true today! I love and appreciate our ‘village’!”

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