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Camden students win National Merit Scholarships
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Two Camden students, both attending schools outside Kershaw County, are recent recipients of additional National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

The recipients are Mathias A. Schreiner, studying at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville; and Noah Zimmermann, attending Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia. Schreiner’s scholarship is from Vanderbilt University; Zimmermann’s from Furman University. Schreiner’s probable career field is neuroscience while Zimmermann indicated he will likely pursue public policy.

The two students are among approximately 1,600 additional National Merit Scholarship winners, joining about 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients announced in May. Officials of each sponsor college selected winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program who will attend their institution. This final group of winners brings the national total of merit scholarship winners to more than 7,600. This year’s competition began when approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the 2012 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Quality Test. Schreiner and Zimmermann were among about 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2013.

To become finalists, students had to complete a detailed scholarship application, including writing an essay, describing leadership position and contributions in school and community activities; show an outstanding academic record; and be endorsed and recommended by high school officials. Semi-finalists also had to take the SAT and earn scores confirming their performance on the initial qualifying test.

(This item has been corrected to include the correct spelling of Noah Zimmermann's last name.)