MONTGOMERY, AL - Seven MPS students joined the ranks of the nation's top African-American students to be named National Achievement Semifinalists by the prestigious National Achievement Scholarship Program Wednesday. The news coincided with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's release of the names of the semifinalists nationwide.
Booker T. Washington Magnet High School student Danielle Everett and Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School students Maurice Asouzu, Ciera Burke, Atinuke Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Lorenz Stonewall, Zamaya Woodley and Stephanie Worthy will advance in the competition and are now eligible to compete for 800 Achievement Scholarships totaling $2.6 million.
"I am so thrilled that for a third time this year, our students are receiving national recognition for academic excellence," said MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson. "Brewbaker Technology was recently named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, 12 students were named National Merit Semifinalists, and now seven have been named National Achievement Semifinalists. It proves that with the right tools in place and by focusing on student achievement, our students can successfully compete against anyone in the country."
Of the 160,000 students who entered the program this year, only 1,600 were selected as Achievement Semifinalists. Twenty-eight were from Alabama. Students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. Those scores, plus a record of high academic performance, SAT scores, leadership ability, and a personal essay are considered when determining Semifinalists status.
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Coverage of BTW's Merit and Achievement Semifinalists news conference. http://www.mps.k12.al.us/index.php/departments/communication/video-gallery