17 Govies Named National Merit Finalists

March 25, 2019

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that 17 members of the class of 2019 were recently named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). These academically motivated students are now eligible for continued competition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

GSSM's National Merit Finalists are:

  • Akhil Adusumilli from Fort Mill, SC
  • Sienna C. Brent from Clinton, SC
  • Dylan Bruss from Easley, SC
  • Eugenia E. Fulcher from Greenville, SC
  • Joshua M. Geden from Simpsonville, SC
  • Daniel L. Hilbourn from Florence, SC
  • Daniel M. Li from Greenville, SC
  • John Z. Lu from Aiken, SC
  • Brendan J. McManamon from Easley, SC
  • William K. Ramsey from Greenwood, SC
  • Albert L. Rancu from Anderson, SC
  • Ashlyn Quinn Reining from Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Richard K. Sandvoss from Fort Mill, SC
  • Lillian G. Slaughter from Inman, SC
  • Gavin H. Stafford from Greenville, SC
  • Chastity L. Waldron from Hartsville, SC
  • Haakim A. Waraich from Barnwell, SC

GSSM President Dr. Hector Flores applauded these students’ accomplishement, “We are fortunate and privileged to serve some of the brightest students in South Carolina and nationwide, and we celebrate this group of students being named National Merit Finalists this year. Go Eagles!,"

All 17 finalists will now compete for approximately 7,500 scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered later this spring. 

The National Merit Competition begins with students taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Semifinalists across the nation are then named based on the highest-scoring entrants in each state. A student becomes a finalist based on academic record, high school principal endorsement, and an SAT score confirming their qualifying test score.

Over half of the National Merit Finalists will be awarded a scholarship. Scholarship awards will be announced beginning in March 2019 and concluding in June. For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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