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Four JPPSS Students Designated Semifinalists in National Achievement Scholarship Program

Top Row:  Terrence Robinson, Paris Evans Bottom Row: Tameka Aych, Rayonna Cyprian

Top Row: Terrence Robinson, Paris Evans Bottom Row: Tameka Aych, Rayonna Cyprian

Four seniors from the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) have been designated as semifinalists in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Tameka Aych and Paris Evans of Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, along with Thomas Jefferson High School seniors Rayonna Cyprian and Terrence Robinson, will now have the opportunity to continue in the National Achievement Scholarship competition for approximately 800 awards that will be announced in the spring of 2014.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which also oversees the National Merit Scholarship program. The National Achievement program began in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students.

Annually, more than 160,000 juniors from around the country are considered for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Approximately 1,600 students are named semifinalists based on their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To advance to the finalist level in the competition, semifinalists must show a record of high academic performance throughout high school, receive a recommendation from a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. All Achievement Scholar awardees will be selected on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.