Opinion / Editorial
Jamariel Hobbs recognized as National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist
October 16, 2013Douglass High School
Frederick Douglass High School senior, Jamariel Hobbs, is one of the nine chosen students from APS to earn the title of a National Merit Scholar semifinalist.
" I'm honored to be the possible recipient of such a prestigious reward. I feel proud to represent my school in a way no other student has in years, " senior Jamariel Hobbs said.
Students are initially chosen as National Merit Scholars based on their PSAT & NMQST scores. Over a million students are chosen, but the selection is narrowed to 16,000 semifinalists. If the semifinalists were to progress and become finalists each student chosen will be able to compete for over 2,000 scholarships.
" I'm encouraged and excited about having a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. I think it's symbolic of the work and transformation that is taking place at FDHS. We want people to understand that our work isn't just about changing our school climate but changing our school climate in such a way that students are able to learn and achieve. This hits it on the nail for us. There are schools that cannot boast having a National Merit Scholar finalist, and we're able to do that. It is something that encourages the work. It encourages teachers and students. It gives us a different light with our external community. People can look at FDHS and say, " Wow they're getting ready to do it again, " principal Dr. Horton said.
by Devion J. Lewis