SHS Leads the Area in National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Four academically talented seniors from Spartanburg High School have been named 2017 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Emma Kendrick, Luke Martin, Bradly Sanders and Margaret Tebbe were among 207 students encompassing public, private, and homeschools across South Carolina to achieve the ranking nationwide, according to officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Spartanburg High School had more National Merit Semifinalists than any other school, public or private, in the county.
This coming spring these students will have an opportunity to advance in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
“Emma, Luke, Bradly and Margaret are shining examples of excellence in academics and in their pursuits to contribute to our community,” said Principal Jeff Stevens. “Semifinalist status means these students are in the top one percent of our nation’s high school seniors. I celebrate their success and also commend our dedicated staff whose commitment to academic excellence is standard. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Spartanburg High School leads the area in National Merit Scholarship semifinalists with four seniors. From left are Luke Martin, Margaret Tebbe, Emma Kendrick and Bradly Sanders

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