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NOHS student named a semi-finalist in national scholarship program
Dalton “Reece” McGuire, a senior at North Oldham High School, is one of only 14 African-American high school seniors in the state named as a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. McGuire is among more than 1,600 other semifinalists in the nation, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.
Lisa Jarrett, principal at North Oldham, said that McGuire is a “quiet leader who marches to his own beat.” She added that while McGuire may not receive every school accolade, he is a “solid young man and well liked by his peers.”
Oldham school board officials presented McGuire with a certificate of achievement during a board meeting Nov. 22.
McGuire earned the semifinalist distinction with a high score on the 2009 preliminary SAT test.
To advance to the finalist level and compete for more 800 awards and $2.5 million in scholarship, McGuire must write an essay and complete a detailed scholarship application.
Notable National Achievement Scholarship recipients include the current U.S. ambassador to the U.N., the current dean of Harvard College and a former NASA astronaut, among others.