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UPDATE: Ten local high school students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

September 11th, 2013 2:00 pm by Rick Wagner

UPDATE: Ten local high school students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

KINGSPORT  — Ten high school students in the Tri-Cities have been chosen 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists.

Two, Luke E. Hiester and Taylor M. Pinto, are from Sullivan South High School. Pinto scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Three others, Spencer D. Miller, Andrew H. Nottingham, and Sarah Van Dierdonck. are from Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, and another three, Rachel Nicole Spady, Sajant Anand and Alicia Christine DeVos, are from Science Hill High in Johnson City. Spady and Anand each scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

The ninth student, Andrew R. Carver, is a home schooled student living in the Blountville area near Kingsport, while the 10th students, Abigall L. Johnson, is homes schooled in Johnson City.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation Wednesday announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Earlier online and the Wednesday print version of this article did not include the two home schooled students and misspelled Spencer Miller's first name.

According to a NMSP news release, these high school seniors will compete for about 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million and to be given out in the spring of 2014.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists, or 15,000 of the 16,000,  are expected to become finalists, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.

See Wednesday’s print edition and paid digital online version for an expanded version of this story.


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