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October 9, 2013

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Texas High School Seniors Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Texarkana, TX – Five Texas High School senior students have been selected for various recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Cortlandt Bursey-Reece and Ben Norton, were named Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

An estimated 16,000 students from a pool of 1.5 million entrants were chosen for this honor based upon high school academic record, extracurricular involvement, leadership abilities and highest scoring in the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Bursey-Reece and Norton will now move forward to the Finalist selection to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million that will be offered next spring.


Additionally, Cortlandt Bursey-Reece and Josh Robinson were selected as Semifinalists in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program. More than 1,600 Black American high school seniors have received this designation based upon academic record, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership and highest scoring in the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

They will compete for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.


Also, Kristen Hall, John Portwood and Josh Robinson have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

  

Cortlandt Bursey-Reece

Ben Norton

Kristen Hall

John Portwood

Josh Robinson

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