6 Augusta-area high school seniors are National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 3:18 PM
Last updated Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 1:10 AM
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Six black Augusta-area high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced Wednesday.

The local students are among more than 1,600 seniors designated nationwide. They will compete for about 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.4 million to be offered next spring.

About 80 percent of semifinalists will be named finalists, and more than half of the finalists will win awards.

Local semifinalists are:

• A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School: Tariq R. Cannonier

• Augusta Preparatory Day School: Schuyler D. Atkins

• John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School: Michael K. McCullen, Danielle N. Rossi and Shannon Young

• Silver Bluff High School: Courtney J. Gantt

More than 160,000 high school juniors last year requested consideration in the 2010 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.

To advance to the finalist level, semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT performance. In addition, the semifinalist and a high school official must complete a detailed scholarship application providing information about the student’s participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and educational goals.

National Achievement Scholarships are supported by corporations, professional organizations, foundations and the National Merit Scholarship Corp.’s funds. Every finalist will compete for 700 one-time $2,500 National Achievement Scholarships. Corporate and business sponsors will underwrite about 100 Achievement Scholarship awards for finalists who meet criteria set by the grantor. Although some corporate-sponsored awards provide a single payment, most are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/28/11 - 03:55 pm
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CONGRATULATIONS to these

CONGRATULATIONS to these young folks and wishes for continued academic success in their futures.

newcomersa
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newcomersa 09/28/11 - 07:47 pm
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What a great honor for these

What a great honor for these students they should be very proud of themselves.

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 09/28/11 - 09:27 pm
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?

?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/28/11 - 09:33 pm
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Congratulations!!

Congratulations!!

LBenedict
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LBenedict 09/28/11 - 10:24 pm
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"Six black Augusta-area high

"Six black Augusta-area high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corp". Why make reference to skin color? Nothing in the article said white students were excluded from any portion of the $2,400,000 of available awards. So again, why the color reference? To echo what DowntownJaguar wrote, "?"

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 09/28/11 - 11:58 pm
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LBenedict, Google National

LBenedict, Google National Merit Scholarship.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/29/11 - 12:22 am
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"Six black Augusta-area high

"Six black Augusta-area high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced Wednesday." It would be appropriate to designate whether this is a "blacks only need apply" scholarship, or not, since race is mentioned in the article, and especially since race is mentioned in the first line, but excluded in the headline. Clarity would be helpful.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 09/29/11 - 12:28 am
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OK, I Googled it. It

OK, I Googled it. It certainly appears as though all races and genders may apply. This is one article that was done in poor taste. Copyeditors???

LBenedict
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LBenedict 09/29/11 - 12:33 am
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Google, "National Achievement

Google, "National Achievement Scholarship Program".
http://www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php
"The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students". Some clarity in the article would have been nice.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/29/11 - 12:31 am
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"All winners of Merit

"All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay." So were only black seniors selected from Augusta? If there were other minorities and whites selected, why aren't they mentioned, if there weren't any selected from other minorities and whites, why was race noted at all? Is there some legitimate reason race was designated? If so, I've missed it somehow.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/29/11 - 12:33 am
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Hmmm. Something weird going

Hmmm. Something weird going on here, my link is to this one, slightly different web address: http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/29/11 - 12:38 am
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The link I offered is to the

The link I offered is to the National Merit system that originated in 1955. I didn't realize there were two different systems, one that is discriminatory, one that is not. It's a shame that the 1964 discriminatory system is named so similarly to the original 1955 non-discriminatory one.

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Riverman1 09/29/11 - 04:27 am
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As someone who reads my share

As someone who reads my share of newspaper articles, I completely don't get this article and I'm reading the one that was edited at 1:10AM.

How many total local students were semi-finalists? The headline says six black students were selected and they are mentioned in the article by name. No whites were named semi-finalists? Only six students in the area? Whoever wrote the article was obviously not a semi-finalist when in high school.

Congratulations to the six students named in any case.

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Cassandra Harris 09/29/11 - 10:44 am
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Who cares the race of these

Who cares the race of these outstanding students? A commenter on another thread was saying that good kids are 1 in a 1000, which I know is not true. There are a lot of good kids out there and obviously these are 6 of the best. Congratulations on seeing your hard work pay off! Augusta is proud of you!.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/29/11 - 10:50 am
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The black finalists

The black finalists apparently entered the blacks only competition that is listed under the link: http://www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php and these results are in the above newspaper article. The newspaper article does not make clear that it is a blacks only competition, so I find it misleading. The competition that is open to everyone without discrimination is under this link: http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php, and its results are not posted in this article.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 10/03/11 - 11:40 pm
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At least the print version of

At least the print version of this article was more clear. I happened to read it a few days later. I guess that is why we didn't get more negative responses to the article. It was a relief to see it written better in print.

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