Nineteen students from more than a dozen Mecklenburg County high schools have been named semifinalists in the annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The scholarships are awarded annually to top African-American high school seniors, based on academic achievement and involvement in school and community activities. About 800 National Achievement scholarships will be awarded next spring.
Charlotte-area semifinalists are:
Ardrey Kell High: Jared Hunt.
Charlotte Latin School: Tobenna Okwara; John Powell.
East Mecklenburg High: Erica Jordan.
Harding University High: Akiera Davis.
Hough High: Jordan Eggleston; Reagan Walker.
Independence High: Deirdre Austin.
Myers Park High: Kyrie Mason.
North Mecklenburg High: Danyale Calhoun.
Northside Christian School: Jared Leach.
Northwest School of the Arts: Nia Moore.
Olympic High: Jenesai Mohammed (International Studies and Global Economics school); Ivy Woods (Renaissance School of Arts and Technology).
Providence High: Kristen Gardner; Mia Mathews; Aaron Morris.
Rocky River High: Paakweisi Krentsil.
South Mecklenburg High: Nicholas Robinson.
Cannon School: Oluwadara Tokunboh.
Central Cabarrus High: Michael Williams.
Cox Mill High: Michael Walker.
St. Stephen’s High: Destiny Brown.
Gaston Christian School: Charles Pearson.
Marvin Ridge High: Walter Bonar; Christopher Garrick.
Sun Valley High: Michael Garrett.
Fort Mill High: Onatasia Ebright.
Rock Hill High: Alison Thrash.
South Pointe High: Meghan Pearson; Morgan Ray.