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Published on September 18th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Twelve School District Five students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

IRMO – Twelve students from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been announced as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.  These academically talented high school students from School District Five are represented in the nationwide pool of semifinalists which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

“I am proud of this academic accomplishment of these National Merit Scholars as they represent the high-quality students that we have here in School District Five,” said Chief Instructional Officer Michael Guliano. “This honor is a testament to the academic rigor throughout our system that is producing students who will go on to have bright futures.  Congratulations to each of the semifinalists.”

Representing School District Five as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists include: Emma Bryson (Dutch Fork High), Lauren Chen (Dutch Fork High), Emerald Harris (Dutch Fork High), Caitlin Kunchur (Dutch Fork High), Maha Mushtaq (Dutch Fork High), Luke Naylor (Spring Hill High), Jack Oberman (Dutch Fork High), Janette Park (Dutch Fork High), Lainey Stalnaker (Chapin High), Jadon Stanek (Dutch Fork High), Reid Taylor (Spring Hill High), and Arjun Verma (Dutch Fork High). 

These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.  About 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

“We are beyond excited to see School District Five well represented in the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton. “Academic excellence is a community effort- family, teachers throughout our system and support staff extend their specialized services to enable success of our students. We applaud the individual effort of each student and the network of support that have enabled them to reach this prestigious recognition”

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.  These scholarship recipients will join some 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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