Published on September 30th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


District Five student named national achievement semifinalist

Pictured above from left to right:  Irmo High School Guidance Director Bob Taylor, Principal David Riegel, Alexandria Wadell, and AP/IB Coordinator and Teacher Diane Padula.

IRMO – A Lexington-Richland School District Five student has been named a semifinalist in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, an award given to top African American students nationwide.

Irmo High School senior Alexandria Waddell is one of just 44 National Achievement semifinalists statewide and approximately 1,600 nationally. Semifinalists now advance to compete for the nearly 800 Achievement Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring.

Irmo High School Principal David Riegel said, “Alexandria is an example of the type of students we have here at Irmo High School. She is a very diligent and hard-working student. She’s a National Merit commended scholar as well as a National Achievement Scholar semifinalist, and we are pleased and proud of Alexandria and with all of our students who are able to receive this kind of recognition.”

The National Achievement Program is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a nonprofit organization that operates without government assistance. Scholarship criteria include a record of consistently high academic performance and potential for academic success in college along with other measures. Nearly 33,500 young men and women have received Achievement Scholarship awards since the program was established in 1964.



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