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CCSD Students Named National Merit Scholarship Winners

CCSD Students Named National Merit Scholarship Winners
Posted on 05/08/2019
National Merit Scholars

Four Charleston County School District (CCSD) students were named National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Students include Paul T. Puckette Jr., Abigail C. Keating, and Steven A. Schlosser of Academic Magnet High School, and Allison L. Fister of Wando High School.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

“We are proud that Wando's Allison Fister has been recognized as a National Merit Scholar,” said Wando Principal Sherry M. Eppelsheimer. “Her commitment to such a rigorous course of study throughout her entire high school career is a testament of her dedication to her academic achievement. I am confident that she will continue to pursue excellence in her future college career.”

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects, studied and grades earned, scores from two standardized tests; contributions, and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist, and a recommendation written by a high school official.

“These three highly-deserving Academic Magnet students join a growing list of Raptors recognized as Merit Scholars for 2019,” added Catherine Spencer, Academic Magnet Principal. “Each of these students has unique talents and
abilities of which we are very proud, and we look forward to their future accomplishments.”

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2017 when over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest- scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state- representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.

From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2019 program, about 7,600 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of over $31 million in college scholarships.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program email Public Information at mediainfo@nmerit.net .

For more information about the CCSD students named as scholarship winners, contact the Office of Strategy and Communication at (843) 937-6303.

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