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20 District Five Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists


IRMO, SC - 20 students in Lexington-Richland School District Five were announced as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, including the highest-scoring entrants in each state. “Congratulations to all our National Merit Semifinalists,” said Dr. Christina Melton, the District Five Chief Instructional Officer. “These students represent the best of the best. This is another example of the great students, engaged parents and dedicated teachers we have in District Five.

All high schools from District Five had semifinalists. Representing Chapin High School are: Adam Abdulrahman, Jack Hume, Catherine O’Leary and Hannah Stewart. Representing Dutch Fork High School are: Griffin Carter, Eric Chen, Jordan Crooks, Taylor Griffen, Addison Reeves and Christopher Yamashiro. Representing Irmo High School are: Ian Bain, Kara Bane, Josh Chong and Vihar Dalal. Representing Spring Hill High School are: Griffin Allen, Sydney Bertram, Rachel Dukes, Ben Garris, Matthew McConnell and Hannah Shaffer.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

“I am so proud of these students and all four of our High Schools,” said Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Hefner. “The fact that all four of our high schools were well represented is a testament to the academic rigor throughout our system. I know that each of these students have a very bright future.”

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