Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Finalists!
Anne Greer of Cherokee High School, Kieran Black of Etowah High School, Mia McMahill of River Ridge High School, and Natasha Ambriz-Villela and Jordan Vaughn Sequoyah High School now are in the running for possible scholarships.
Less than 1 percent of the nation’s 1.6 million eligible high school seniors are selected as Finalists by The National Merit Scholarship Corporation; 7,500 scholarships worth about $31 million will be awarded to select Finalists in the spring.
“We’re so proud of these students, their families and their teachers, for reaching this pinnacle of academic success,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Their futures are very bright due to their dedication and determination, and we hope they will be further honored with scholarships this spring.”
Students are named Semi-Finalists based on outstanding 2017 PSAT scores, and that pool is narrowed to about 15,000 Finalists nationwide through an application process. The process reviews students’ academic achievements, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors; an endorsement and recommendation from a high school official; and an essay. Students also must earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT performance.