The National Merit Scholarship Association has announced its semifinalists for the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The program, now in its 51st year, recognizes black students who excel academically.
The more than 1,600 semifinalists will go on to compete for around 800 scholarships worth a total of $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.
Winners are chosen based on their abilities, accomplishments and potential for success in college studies.
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About 80 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing.
More than half of the finalists will win an achievement scholarship award.
Here are the semifinalists from our area:
Middle Creek High: Ayan Ali
Cary Academy: Kendall Bell, Renee G. Reynolds, Sydney C. Tucker
Cary High: Caleb S. Alexander, Priscilla M. Van Dyke
Green Hope High: Hawi G. Tasissa
Panther Creek High:Amari D. Carethers
East Chapel Hill High: Iyin J. Battle, Jahmari W. Gachie
Homeschool: Abdullah A. Muhammad
Middle College High: Aaliyah Y. Douglas
N.C. School of Science and Mathematics: Margaret M. Bertoni, Jacob R. Botros, Ebube W. Chuba,
Keilah S. Davis, Seyram P. Dodor, Feyisayo R. Eweje, Feyisope R. Eweje, John A. Fitz-Henley,
Gabrielle Y. Frimpong, Simone M. Griffith, Devin A. Howard, Peter O. Ojo, Natajha R. Phillips, Senita M. Portlock, Liam A. Riley, Clark E. Whitsett
Orange High: Derian A. Green
Broughton High: Manuel Lyerly
Raleigh Charter High: Geoffrey D. Bell
Southeast Raleigh High: Daniel C. Lee
Heritage High: Brianna P. Edmonds
Wake Forest High: Matthew Goodwin