Two CFA Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Wilmington, NC: The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized two Cape Fear Academy seniors as finalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The CFA finalists are:

  • Gray Keith, son of Alicia and Robert Keith of Wilmington, NC
  • Dani Kranchalk, daughter of Laura and Jay Kranchalk of Wilmington, NC

Finalists were chosen from 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT- Selection Index scores. Approximately 16,000 students were recognized as semifinalists – 495 of them from North Carolina. To advance to Finalist standing in the competition students must meet high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist. An estimated 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth about $42 million, will be offered in the spring.

Three types of scholarships will be offered: National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, which are awarded on a state-representational basis; about 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards of varying amounts; and about 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards of varying amounts.


Cape Fear Academy is an independent school committed to discovering and developing individual potential, preparing each student for success in college and life.