SHS Leads the Area in National Merit Semifinalists with Eight

Dickerson, Ethan Durham, Matthew Evans, Louise Franke, Nan Miles, Georgia Price, Jay Stevens, and Ashley Wade are among 217 students encompassing public, private, and homeschools across South Carolina to achieve the national distinction, according to officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Spartanburg High School has more National Merit Semifinalists than any other school, public or private, in the county.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is honoring approximately 16,000 students throughout the country. These students will have an opportunity this spring to advance in the competition for 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 final level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists will attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists will win earn the prestigious title of Merit Scholar.
“DeHaven, Ethan, Matthew, Louise, Nan, Georgia, Jay, and Ashley are shining examples of excellence in academics.” said Principal Jeff Stevens. “This accomplishment reflects years of hard work and speaks volumes about the character and talent of each one of these young people. When you think about all of the family members, teachers, coaches and friends who have been a part of this journey, you can be sure we all feel a tremendous sense of pride.”
Spartanburg High School had four National Merit Semifinalists last year.
Spartanburg High School leads the area in students named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program with eight. From left are Jay Stevens, Ashley Wade, Ethan Durham, Georgia Price, Nan Miles, Louise Franke, Matthew Evans, DeHaven Dickerson.

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