17 RCS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists


From Rutherford County Schools

Seventeen Rutherford County Schools’ seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced this week.

Central Magnet School has 14 semifinalists, Oakland has two and Blackman has one.

Those students are as follows:


  • Brown, Aiden G.
  • Burleson, Allan C.
  • Cardel, Nathaniel A.
  • DuPree, Skye M.
  • Goodnight, Isabella R.
  • Jones, Elise N.
  • King, Anderson F.
  • Klassen, Jacob S.
  • Qualls, Rachel L.
  • Reish, Isabella H.
  • Son, Yeongseo
  • Sprague, Kendall F.
  • Stueckle, Joshua S.
  • Viers, Faith E.


  • Summey, Hannah G.
  • Wylie, Cooper M.


  • Wilson, Jeffrey D.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring, according to the organization.

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.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020.

Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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