4/10/2012 6:09:00 PM Blanchet has National Merit finalist
SALEM — Blanchet High senior Tori Hittner is a finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. She now qualifies for one of 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.
Hittner is captain of both the basketball and track teams. She has been named to the all-league team in both sports for the past two years and also has competed at the state track meet. Before an injury sidelined her for the year, she was named by ESPN as one of the “20 seniors to watch” this season in Oregon basketball for all classes.
She's also involved in a business group, National Honor Society and the Spirituality Team. She's a campus ambassador who volunteers with the Keizer Youth Basketball Association and works at her parents' consulting firm.
Hittner has been accepted by and received scholarships from the University of Notre Dame, Baylor, Willamette University and the University of Evansville, among others. She's the 10th Blanchet student to qualify as a National Merit finalist.