Kayla Smith is one of 1,600 students nationally who qualified as semifinalists in the program.
“Kayla is a very quiet young lady. She leads by example by doing the right thing,’’ said Principal Elgin Card. “The other students do notice. (Her actions) shows the kind of family she has and the kind of young lady she is.”
This is the 50th year for the program, which recognizes the achievement of African American students through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
About 1,300 of the program’s semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level where they will be eligible for about 800 scholarships worth $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.
Smith is among 160,000 students nationally who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test making her one of the highest scoring African American scoring entrants in each state.
Since the program began, about 32,700 students have received scholarships totaling about $103 million.