GSSM Celebrates National Achievement Semifinalist

September 24, 2014

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Carla-Jane Pax has been named a National Achievement Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Originally from Aiken and currently a member of the class of 2015, Carla-Jane Pax, is the daughter of Pax Allotey & Evelyn Goodhead. She is now eligible for continued competition in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Sixteen hundred semifinalists were designated from across the nation out of the 160,000 high school juniors who requested consideration when they took the 2013 PSAT. All became immediately competitive for nearly 800 scholarships worth more than $2.5 million.

"We are so proud of Carla-Jane," said Dr. Murray Brockman, GSSM president. "She is an outstanding student and we wish her much success throughout this process."

The National Achievement Scholarship Program, conducted by NMSC, is a privately financed academic competition that operates without government assistance. It was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding program participants.

The program 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. Approximately 80 percent of semifinalists are predicted to become finalists and more than half of the finalists will receive an Achievement Scholarship award. Scholarship awards will be announced in early April 2015.GSSM

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