Photo Gallery | Eleven Richland School District Two students named National Merit semi-finalists
Eleven high school seniors have been named semi-finalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
If named finalists, the students will go on to compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million which will be offered next spring.
Spring Valley High has six qualifying students, followed by Ridge View High with three and Richland Northeast High with two. The students and their respective schools are: Benjamin Fechter, Jedidiah M. Gist, Gregory V. Rassolov, Aakash T. Shingala, Linda S. Thomas and Himabindu Vinnakota (Spring Valley High School); Andrew T. Altman, Brantley Carter and Jordan S. Fakoury (Ridge View High School); and Noelle H. Kruse and Elizabeth A. Matthews (Richland Northeast High School).
The students earned a qualifying score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To advance to the finalist stage a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. High school seniors.
Last year, three Richland Two seniors, Courtney Noh, David Qu and Rana Sobeih of Spring Valley High School, won a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Erika Arvay, Jonathan Boland and Daniel Clements (Spring Valley High School) and Kittridge Janvrin (Richland Northeast High School) won college-sponsored Merit Scholarships. Kelley Kennedy (Blythewood High School) won a corporate-sponsored Merit scholarship.