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Published on May 23rd, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


District Five students named winners in National Merit Scholarship Program

IRMO – Students from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been announced as winners by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Jordan Crooks of Dutch Fork High School has received the National Merit Motorola Solutions Scholarship. These scholarships are provided to high school seniors who are sons or daughters of Motorola Solutions employees.

Four District Five students were announced as National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. These students are Hannah Stewart (Chapin High), Ian Bain (Irmo High), Sydney Bertram (Spring Hill High) and Catherine O’Leary (Chapin High). These winners were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

“Congratulations to all of our National Merit Scholarship Program winners,” said District Five’s Chief Instructional Officer Dr. Christina Melton. “These students represent the best of the best. This is another example of the great students, engaged parents and dedicated teachers we have in District Five.”

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2015 when over 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state-representational basis. By the conclusion of the 2017 program, about 7,500 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of over $32 million in college scholarships.

“I am so proud of these students all four of our high schools,” said District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner. “The fact that all four of our high schools were well represented is a testament to the academic rigor throughout our system. I know that each of these students has a very bright future!”


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