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2019 National Merit Semi-Finalists

Posted On: Friday, September 14, 2018

Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2019 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists in the prestigious annual competition!

They are: of Cherokee HS, Anne Greer; of Creekview HS, Noah Tetpon; of Etowah HS, Kieran Black; of River Ridge HS, Mia McMahill; and of Sequoyah HS, Natasha Ambriz-Villela.  Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors are named semi-finalists. 

“This is an amazing accomplishment, and we’re so proud of these outstanding students, their families and their teachers!”  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We look forward to seeing them advance through the competition and hopefully on to earning National Merit Scholarships, as each of these students is definitely deserving.  We also wish them the best in all their future endeavors – congratulations!”

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which oversees the program, today announced the selection of 16,000 semi-finalists from a pool of more than 1.6 Million students who took the 2017 PSAT.  

Of the semi-finalist group, an estimated 15,000 will be named finalists.  To advance to that level, semi-finalists will be judged based on applications detailing academic achievements, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors; an endorsement and recommendation from a high school official; an essay; and evidence of SAT scores that confirm their PSAT performance. 
The finalists then will compete for 7,500 scholarships awarded in the spring totaling about $31 million.

The Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools will recognize these students at the School Board’s Oct. 18 meeting.

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