Fisher & Tavarez National Merit Semifinalists

Seniors Kirsten Fisher and Matthew Tavarez have been selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. They are the only students who attend school in Sumter County to receive this recognition, according to the National Merit Scholarship Program publication. Semifinalists show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

More than 1.4 million students in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  The 16,000 semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. These students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 7,500 Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 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 420 business organizations and higher-education institutions.

Curtis & Lyles Voted Most Likely to Succeed

Most Likely to Succeed – Bryce Lyles & Chandler Curtis

The following seniors were elected by their classmates for the Senior Superlatives: Chandler Curtis & Bryce Lyles – Most Likely to Succeed, Courtney Clark & Brandon Carraway – Most Athletic, Eadon Lee & Justin Timmons – Most Dependable, Madison Reaves & Jake Meyers – Friendliest, Kirsten Fisher & Matthew Tavarez – Most Intelligent, Addy Carraway & Layton Creech – Most School Spirit, Betsy Noyes & Paul Choe – Most Talented, and Breland Land & Jackson LeMay – Wittiest.


Sixth Grade Trip

Through activities such as white water rafting on the French Broad River, the 56 students in the sixth grade experienced an educational and enjoyable trip to Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, N.C., from September 5-7. Organized by Mrs. Stacey Reaves, middle school principal, the 18th annual trip gave the students the opportunity to participate in four classes taught by the Mountain Trail Outdoor School which is located in the Appalachian Mountains. These classes included a co-operation and low ropes course, a hands-on course in rappelling, an orienteering and wilderness survival course, and a course in forest ecology. Students also enjoyed activities to promote bonding and team building with their classmates, such as campfires and recreational games, as well as time for a daily devotion.