Dobyns-Bennett High School Students Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program

Kingsport, Tenn. – Three Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named as Semifinalists in the 66th Annual 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, a program designed to identify and honor the top high school students in the United States.

Those named as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists from Dobyns-Bennett are Caleb Buell, son of Gregory and Audra Buell, Willa Rogers, daughter of Bob and Lisa Rogers, and Ty Young, son of Brent and Anna Young. These three students will compete with the top high school students in the nation for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered in spring 2021.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screening of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. 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, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

"I could not ask for three better representatives of our school and the Kingsport community than Caleb, Ty, and Willa," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. "They are remarkable students who work hard and demonstrate a high degree of character and integrity. I am incredibly grateful to have had their positive influence and contributions at Dobyns Bennett."   

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his/her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which information is provided regarding the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school/community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors/awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From approximately 16,000 students qualified as Semifinalists, about 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378.8409 or visit nationalmerit.org.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice, and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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