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Madison City Leads State In # of National Merit Semifinalists


Madison City Schools produced more National Merit Semifinalists this year than any other Alabama school district, regardless of size. The Madison City Board of Education recognized those students and their principals at the Jan. 11 BOE meeting.
Bob Jones and James Clemens high schools had a combined 20 students earn this prestigious honor. The schools tied for 2nd in the state among individual high schools with 10 each, behind only Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills high schools, which tied for first at 12 each.
Group photo of merit scholars at board meetig
National Merit Semifinalists (10 not pictured)

Still, Madison City Schools produced the most as a school district. The fact they were split evently wasn't lost on Superintendent Robby Parker, who also noted the vast majority ascended up from Madison middle and elementary schools. "This is home grown talent. They didn't jsut figure it out. They figured it out in the best elementary and middle schools, and happen also to go to the best high schools."
Board member David Hergenroeder said it was fitting to honor both the National Merit Semifinalists from Madison City Schools and the latest group of National Board Certified Teachers. "There's no doubt in my mind that one leads to another," Mr. Hergenroeder commented.

Bob Jones merit semifinalists in front of school

Bob Jones High School National Merit Semifinalists 2017, with Principal Sylvia Lambert

James Clemens merit semifinalists in group shot inside school

James Clemens High School National Merit Semifinalists 2017. Dr. Brian Clayton is Principal.

Bob Jones High School semifinalists: Warren He, Ahmad Imam, Alan Grissom, Michaela Philip, Keona Banks, Heesun Yoon, Shantanu Kadam, Colby Huskey, Dylan Meyer, Claire Magnuson.

James Clemens High School semifinalists: Christian Burks, Gautham Gorti, James Marden, Sharath Narayan, Kyle Perkinson, Madison Scott, Chad Sykes, Alex Walbom, Abby Woods, Grace Billman.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state on 2016 PSAT/NMSQT tests which they took as juniors.

These academically talented students will now move into the competition for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. Approximately 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT tests last school year.


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