The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced that Rockford High School senior Mackenzie Young has earned finalist status. In the fall of 2009, 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Young is one of 15,000 finalists and one of 8,200 Merit Scholarship winners nationwide. At Rockford High School, Young earned a 4.49 grade-point average, was an Odyssey of the Mind world finalist, sang with the high school choir in Washington, D.C., constructed and raised funds for the Habitat for Humanity home with Youth Initiative, and is an academic All-State athlete for varsity tennis. She plans to attend Northwestern University in the fall, considering the field of science research with a possible concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology. Young was recognized for her achievement at the May 24 Rockford Board of Education meeting.