Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

23 GCS Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2016 National Merit® Scholarship ProgramOfficials with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today that 27 Greenville County Schools’ seniors are among 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented students will compete for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million. Scholarships will be awarded in the spring.

Eastside High School

  • Grace Anderson
  • Kaitlyn Bresette
  • Emily Grant
  • Jonathan Michala

Hillcrest High School

  • Jacob Haun

J.L. Mann High School

  • McKenzie Fletcher
  • William Gibson
  • Mitchell Saunders

Mauldin High

  • Connor Clayton
  • Christian Hansen

Riverside High School

  • Rowan Crowley
  • Sarai Dai
  • Victoria Glenn
  • Carol Lee
  • Karen Zhao

Southside High School

  • Vaibhav Bafna
  • Kathleen Beaudoin
  • Nathaniel Boen
  • Ellen Chen
  • Emily Chen
  • Anna Hardison
  • Lillian Meng

Travelers Rest High School

  • Andrew Reeves

Wade Hampton High School

  • Virginia Britt
  • Thomas Elgin
  • John Huylu

Woodmont High School

  • William Wells

Steps in the 2016 Competition

To become a finalist the semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application. The application includes the student’s academic record, community service activities, leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

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