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National Achievement Scholarship Program Names Two West Virginia Seniors Semifinalists

September 28, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Two West Virginia students are among the 1,600 semifinalists for the 2006 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Misti Brooks, a student at Keyser High School in Mineral County, and Erin Montgomery, a student at University High School in Monongalia County, are West Virginia’s semifinalists.  

The National Achievement Program was initiated in 1964 to honor academically-able black youths throughout the nation and provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition. The program is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporations, a non-profit organization that operates without government assistance. More than 26,000 Black American students have received the Achievement Scholarships worth at approximately $83.5 million over the past 41 years.  

Now, Brooks and Montgomery must advance to the finalist level by fulfilling additional requirements. Nearly 1,300 semifinalists are expected to attain finalists standing in the 2006 competition. Of those, approximately, 800 will be named Achievement Scholar designees. All scholarship winners will be selected from the finalist group based on their abilities, accomplishments and potential for academic success in college.  

More than 130,000 students from across the United States entered the 2006 National Achievement Program by requesting consideration in the program when they took the 2004 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors. Semifinalists were designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the state that make up each region.  

The winners’ names will be announced in April 2006.

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