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BJHS, JCHS Soar In 2024 National Merit Finalists

February 2024 post

Madison City Schools once again has among the state's highest number of National Merit Fnalists .
The 2024 list shows Madison City Schools with a total of  28 merit semifinalists.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols said he’s proud of the students for their hard work and for the teachers that prepared them from the earliest grades on up. Nichols credited the strong foundation of MCS set by past and present leadership that continues through the unwavering support of parents, community leaders, Board of Education members, principals, administrators and dedicated teachers and staff in MCS elementary, middle and high schools.


group photo in lobby of Bob Jones High School

Pictured with BJHS Principal Sylvia Lambert and Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols  are:
Andrew Crocker, Madeline McInvale, Piper Larkin, Elizabeth Haddock, Taylor Turpin, Samantha Chan, Lucy Halter, Rachel Ehrman, Elizabeth Newsom, Luke Garrison, Francois Le Roux, Lauren Sheehy, Pranav Satheesh. Not pictured: Abram Carlson, Zoe Widman.

group photo of JC merit finalists in upper rotunda of the school

Pictured in no particular order with JCHS Principal Dr. Kerry Donaldson in center: Angela Ai, Shivani Alapati, Carlin Chacko, Bhavya Chalasani, Abhishek Emani, Connie Guo, Grace Hur, Lilliann Markowitz, Aasim Musani, Brock Senel, Neil Sethi, Saahil Shaik, Samuel Townsend.

A vast majority of the National Merit Finalists for Madison City Schools attended MCS schools from elementary school on - a credit to the outstanding teachers and staffs in our elementary and middle schools as well as both high schools. "These results once again prove that it does not matter where you live or go to school in Madison, every school is one of the nation's best," Dr. Nichols said.

The 15 merit finalists from BJHS and 13 from JCHS placed both schools in the top 5 of Alabama high schools.
The nationwide pool of National Merit Finalists representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors includes the highest scoring students in each state on PSAT/NMSQT tests which they took as juniors. They will be competing for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth approximately $30 million