14 RCS Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists


Rutherford County Schools

Fourteen Rutherford County Schools’ seniors spanning four high schools have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Students were named from Blackman High School, Central Magnet School, Riverdale High School and Siegel High School.

The organization recently announced 16,000 semifinalists from across the country, as part of its 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

The Rutherford County Schools’ National Merit semifinalists are:

Blackman High School:

Keagan Hemsley

Central Magnet School:

Zachary Allgood
Evan Anderson
Caleb Conard
Ananda Gowda
Russell Harper
Madelyn Mansfield
Matthew Rigsby
Megan Scott
Cimrun Srivastava
Camille Warren
Shijie Zhao

Riverdale High School:

Caroline Ferrell

Siegel High School:

Richard LaLance