I didn't read the same thing into Meggiemom's post as you did. My feeling is that National Merit Scholarships are usually won by gifted students. That's not to say that Walton county doesn't have some but most gifted students probably don't go on the earn Merit Scholarships either. I don't think you can measure a schools success by the number of these scholarships earned by students. How many Rhodes Scholars has Walton County produced?