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L-EHS' Wood named National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist

Posted: October 10, 2010 3:06 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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L-EHS' Jack Wood

Lugoff-Elgin High School student Jack Wood is among 1,600 African-American high school seniors who have been designated as semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship competition.  Only 48 South Carolina students were selected for this recognition.  He now has an opportunity to compete for approximately 800 scholarships worth over $2.5 million to be awarded next spring.

The son of Lawrence and Janice Wood, Jack is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and the football team.  Wood served as a Junior Marshall and helped with the school’s United Way fundraising efforts.  He is a member of the Fort Clark Baptist Church.

The National Achievement Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance.  It was initiated in 1964 to recognize promising black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants.   To date, over 30,300 young men and women have received Advanced Scholarship Awards worth more than $96 million.

Approximately 1,300 semifinalists are expected to fulfill additional requirements and advance to the finalist level in the 2011 program.  All National Achievement Scholars will be selected from the finalist group on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, according to NMSC officials.

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