Two Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduates have earned special National Merit Scholarships awarded by universities!
Cherokee High School graduate Anna DeYoung has won a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Georgia; Creekview High School graduate Jack Eno has won a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Mississippi.
“We’re so proud of Anna and Jack -- to be named a National Merit finalist is a feat itself, and it’s an even higher honor to be selected for a scholarship,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Congratulations to both of you and to your families and your teachers. We look forward to your many future successes as you continue your studies and pursue your dreams!”
Anna, a four-year member of Cherokee High’s Band of Warriors marching band for which she served as drum major her senior year, plans to study music at UGA and pursue a career as a band director. An outstanding AP student and Superintendent’s Key Scholar, Anna served as president of both the Latin Club and Model UN at CHS.
Jack, who plans to study writing at Ole Miss, made his mark at Creekview HS through academic leadership and community service. A Lamp of Knowledge recipient and Superintendent’s Key Scholar, Jack captained the academic bowl team and volunteered on service projects through National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society and the Law and Justice Club.
Only 15,000 of the Nation’s top graduating seniors are eligible for the 3,300 National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. The scholarships range from $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.
Less than 1 percent of 1.5 million U.S. high school seniors who take the SAT are named National Merit finalists. Scholarship winners are selected by awarding groups – colleges and universities; corporations and foundations; and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation -- through review of academic records and college-entrance exam scores; leadership and service in their school and community; and personal essays and letters of recommendation. A final round of university-sponsored National Merit Scholarships will be announced later this month.