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CHS student named National Merit Scholarship finalist

Posted: October 6, 2010 9:56 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 9:53 a.m.

Camden High School (CHS) student Aly Bolin is one of 172 South Carolina seniors to be named a semifinalist in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. She was among 16,000 students to achieve the ranking nationwide and the only student selected in Kershaw County, according to officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

“Aly is a wonderful student of mathematics,” CHS math teacher Weslynn Hutto said. “She seeks a deeper understanding than most students and always endeavors to get the utmost out of any learning activity. She is a pleasure and a privilege to teach.”

Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $36 million, that will be offered next spring. About 90 percent of the students named are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of those will be selected as scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title.

The daughter of Troy and Cindy Bolin, Aly is active at Camden High including participating in Kershaw County Junior Leadership, the Beta Club, the Key Club, the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club.  She also attended Palmetto Girls State and is an honor roll student (Platinum Card).

More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a nonprofit organization established in 1955. It is supported in part by approximately 500 business organizations and higher education institutions.


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