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Two CCSD Class of 2022 Graduates Win National Merit College Awarded Scholarships

Posted On: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

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Sequoyah High School Class of 2022 graduate Riley Hartman, left, earned a National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship, and Creekview High School Class of 2022 graduate Benjamin “Ben” Webster V earned a National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship. 

Two Cherokee County School District Class of 2022 graduates have earned National Merit college-awarded scholarships!

Sequoyah High School Class of 2022 graduate Riley Hartman earned a National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship, and Creekview High School Class of 2022 graduate Benjamin “Ben” Webster V earned a National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship. 

“Congratulations to Riley and Ben on earning these competitive scholarships, which honor their dedication to academics, leadership and service,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re proud of them and grateful for the teachers and staff who supported their success.  We wish you all the best as you begin the next chapter of your education!”

National Merit university and corporate scholarship winners are selected by awarding groups through review of academic records and college-entrance exam scores; leadership and service in their school and community; and personal essays and letters of recommendation.  Only 15,000 of the Nation’s top graduating seniors are eligible for the 3,300 National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. universities and colleges.  The scholarships range from $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.  

Riley, who plans to study music education to pursue a career as a band director, served as drum major for Sequoyah High’s marching band and performed in the All-State Band.  He tied for his school’s STAR Student award, is a candidate for the AP Capstone Diploma and was named a Superintendent’s Key Scholar.  

Ben, who plans to study metallurgical engineering, played tennis at Creekview for four years and is an Eagle Scout.  A Top 10 Distinguished Scholar for Creekview, he served as vice president of National Honor Society and the French club and secretary of Mu Alpha Theta and was named a Superintendent’s Key Scholar
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