Several Douglas County High School seniors were recognized recently for their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Pictured, from left to right, are Aja Nicely, Josiah Takang (inset), Kayla Evans, Benjamin Lock, Asia Asberry, Parth Patel, Christopher Stephens, Christian Cook, D’Mia Curry and Alexus Wells.

Special to the Sentinel

Douglas County High School recently announced that several seniors have been recognized as a result of their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Kayla Evans, Aja Nicely, Parth Patel, and Alexus Wells are “semifinalists” in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million offered this year. Benjamin Lock and Christopher Stephens have been named “Commended Students” by demonstrating outstanding potential for academic success. They placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program competition.

Aja Nicely and Alexus Wells were also named Achievement Scholar Designees through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Only 700 out of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the program when they took the PSAT/NMSQT as juniors receive this $2,500 award. Asia Asberry, Christian T. Cook, D’maia Curry, and Josiah Takang earned recognition as “Outstanding Participants” in the National Achievement Scholarship Program by scoring among the top 3 percent of the 160,000-plus Black Americans who requested consideration.

Though Asberry, Cook, Curry, and Takang did not advance in the competition for scholarships, to recognize their potential for post-high school academic success, their names have been referred to about 1,500 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

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