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PGCPS Students Named Semifinalists in National Achievement Scholarship Program


Eight students at Eleanor Roosevelt and Laurel high schools have been named semifinalists in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship program. These scholars will compete for one of 800 National Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.4 million to be awarded next spring.

“Congratulations to the students of Eleanor Roosevelt and Laurel High
School,” said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., superintendent of schools. “We are
committed to high student achievement in Prince George’s County Public
Schools and these outstanding students are perfect role models for their

The semifinalists are:

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Sebastien R. Anderson

Taryn C. Harris

Caitlan S. Moore

Maurice A. Shelton

Matthew A. Shirley

Randi C. Williams

Amber C. Youhouse-Clark

Laurel High School

Daniel R. Townsend

This year marks the 48th annual academic competition for African-American high school students. The National Achievement Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Cooperation, is a privately-financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. More than 31,100 students have received National Achievement Scholarship awards, worth in excess of $98 million.

More than 160,000 high school juniors from across the United States requested consideration in the program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as a junior in high school. The semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that make up each region.

To be considered for an award, semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school. Additionally, students must receive a letter of recommendation by their principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student¹s earlier qualifying test performance. Semifinalists must also submit a detailed scholarship application to include a self-descriptive essay, and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Approximately 1,300 semifinalists will advance to the finalist level; winners will be selected from this group. Every finalist will compete for one of the 700 National Achievement Scholarships worth $2,500 to be awarded on a regional basis.

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