Senior John Mark Junkins Advances to National Merit Finalist


Senior John Mark Junkins has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.


John Mark Junkins claims to be “first and foremost a band student.” He has been a horn player with the Legacy of Bryant and the Wind Ensemble for three years. He plans to study music in college, double majoring in music composition and music education. His career goal is to be a world-renowned theatrical and cinematic composer. 


In preparation for college, John Mark has taken AP classes, which utilize college level curriculum.  He feels the classes have helped him get ready for the intensity and workload required for the next steps in his education. 


“Throughout my time at Bryant, I have been blessed with encouraging teachers. I have always been able to go to Mr. Stewart Wright and Mr. Keith Matthews for assistance not only with music, but for advice about life. My band directors have been people I could look up to and whom I could talk to about what's happening in my life,” said John Mark.


John Mark credits a couple of other teachers/mentors for his successful high school career. “Mr. Heatherly encouraged me to work hard. His support has helped me to be successful in his classes, as well as accomplishing so much in Model UN and Quiz Bowl. Mrs. Tara Seale, who is the greatest teacher that I never actually had in class, helped me with scholarships and college applications. I have enjoyed being her aid this year,” he commented.


While he has yet to commit to a college, he is leaning strongly toward becoming a Razorback at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.


John Mark will be notified sometime before mid-June if he has been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship® award. 


The Board and Administration would like to congratulate John Mark and wish him the very best future. He is the son of John Mark Junkins, Sr. and Rebecca Junkins.