Mason senior named National Achievement semifinalist

A Mason High School senior is the only Warren County student among 63 Ohio students who have been named semifinalists in the 2014 National Achievement Program.

Rickey Terrell is one of 1,600 students nationally who qualified as semifinalists in the program.

“Rickey is the kind of student who leads, as well as serves others. We are so very proud of him,’’ said Mason High School Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart.

This is the 50th year for the program, which recognizes the achievement of African American students through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

About 1,300 of the program’s semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level where they will be eligible for about 800 scholarships worth $2.5 million that will be offered next spring.

Terrell is among 160,000 students nationally who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test making him one of the highest scoring African American scoring entrants in each state.

Since the program began, about 32,700 students have received scholarships totaling about $103 million.

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