Milton, Alpharetta Students Named Scholarship Semifinalists

Amanda L. Richards, Crystal A. Uchegbu and Alexandra R. Piselli must meet stiff requirements and earn SAT scores to confirm their achievements to become finalists.

Fourteen Fulton County seniors have been named semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students. Two Alpharetta High students and one Milton High student were among the 14 semifinalists in the program is administered by National Merit Corp., an organization that recognizes and awards scholarships to academically gifted students.  

The students were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which they took as juniors. As semifinalists, the students now must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist round. They must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance.

“These outstanding students have shown that they are academically competitive not just with their classmates, but also with their peers across Georgia and the United States,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa. “We’re proud of their accomplishments. They serve as a model for all of our students.”

A detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s self-descriptive essay and information about his or her participation and leadership in school and community activities, also must be submitted.

Approximately 1,300 finalists will be named in January, and of these, 800 overall winners will be chosen for $2,500 National Achievement scholarships from the organization. Approximately $2.5 million scholarship funds will be awarded nationwide.

Alpharetta High School

  • Amanda L. Richards
  • Crystal A. Uchegbu

Milton High School

  • Alexandra R. Piselli

Centennial High School

  • Yasmine N. Griffiths
  • Tianna L. Richardson
  • Joshua M. Smith

Johns Creek High School

  • Michael A. Nicholson

Northview High School

  • Justin O. Bryant

Riverwood International Charter School

  • Valarie B. Kemp

Roswell High School

  • Morgan Green
  • Taylor M. Green
  • Nicholas Haydel

Tri-Cities High School

  • Helena Baldwin

Westlake High School

  • Christopher Woolfolk


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