Senior Angel Laramie, a resident student from Cumming, Ga., is among the 16,000 students nationwide to be named semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.
“Angel is an outstanding member of the Darlington Community, and we are extremely proud of her accomplishments,” said Sam Moss (’63), Darlington’s dean of college guidance. “It is quite an honor to earn semifinalist status in the National Merit Program, and we wish Angel the best of luck as she competes for a scholarship award this spring.”
Laramie has taken three Honors and 12 AP courses at Darlington. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, math team, and the staff of the Jabberwokk yearbook and Inkslinger literary magazine. Laramie has received E.L. Wright Awards in English 2 Honors and Anatomy and Physiology and has received the Rensselaer Medal and Wellesley College Book Award. She is the daughter of Jenn and Chris Stevenson of Cumming, Ga.
Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethinic origin, or religious preference.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced beginning in April. These scholarships will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.