Madison Johnson wins national scholarship

April 26, 2014 

Madison Johnson from Columbus High School has been awarded the $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship.

More than 160,000 students entered the 2014 national Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high schoo juniors.

In September 2013, approximately 1,600 of the highest scorers were named Semifinalists on a regional representation basis. To continue in the competition, Semifinalist had to fulfill requirements for Finalist standing, which included having a record of consistently high academic performance; being endorsed and recommended by an official for their high school; earning SAT scores that confirmed their PSAT/NMSQT performance; and writing an essay.

From the Semifinalist pool, some 1,300 advanced to the Finalist level and the 800 National Achievement Scholarship winners were selected from this group of students. Achievement Scholar awardees are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

Nonprofit honors Alabama students

United To Save Ourselves, a nonprofit community organization in Phenix City, recently presented awards to three top students.

Chakira King of Westview Elementary is Youth of the Year among 6-12 year olds, Kaylin Southall of South Girard earned Teen of the Year honors among 13-16 year olds and Kylan Simpson was presented the College Bound Student Award for students 17-21 years old.

All were recognized at the 14th Annual Hometown High Achievers Banquet on March 22 at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center.

The organization was developed to improve the lives of young men and women in Phenix City and Russell County. Some goals include reducing school dropout rates, increasing self esteem among teens and eliminating negatives that may result in gang membership or gang violence.

Top achievers honored were selected from assigned essays in their age group. The Youth of the Year focused on whether curfews keep youth out of trouble and the Teen of the Year wrote about Reality TV. The College Bound Award winner examined what guidelines would you like to see implemented if marijuana is legalized in the United States.

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