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Two CCSD Graduating Seniors Win Prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

Posted On: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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Kieran Black, left, and Jordan Vaughn

Two Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have earned the prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

Kieran Black of Etowah High School and Jordan Vaughn of Sequoyah High School are two of only 2,500 students in the nation -- of the 1.6 Million students who took the 2017 PSAT exam -- to be awarded the $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

“We’re so proud of Kieran and Jordan for this extraordinary accomplishment and all of the hard work that led them to earning this honor,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Congratulations to them and their families and all of the teachers and school staff who have played a role in their education. Best wishes for even greater successes in the future!”

Kieran, who plans to study computer science at Georgia Tech, and Jordan, who plans to study genetics at Northwestern University, and their fellow Merit Scholar designees were selected from more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists who made it through the initial rigorous selection process for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Merit Scholars are selected based on their accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  The selection committee is made up of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who reviewed records submitted by Finalists and their high schools including difficulty of courses and grades earned, college-entrance exam scores, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official.

They and CCSD’s three other Finalists also remain in the running for college-sponsored National Merit scholarships, which are announced in June and July.

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