Board member Mrs. Susan Lodal recognized ten D-B seniors who have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.
- The program helps identify the top high school students in the U.S..
- About 34,000 students in the U.S. were named Commended Students, placing them in the top 3% of more than 1.6 million students nationwide.
- Students entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
- The D-B Commended Students are:
- Ian Boldea, son of Melania Bochis and Lucian Boldea.
- Jason Carter, son of David and Danette Carter.
- Annika Cleven, daughter of Curtis and Detra Cleven.
- Hallie Elsevier, daughter of Brian Elsevier.
- David Lee, son of Brandon and Chrese Lee.
- Susan Mahaffey, daughter of Paul and Dixie Mahaffey.
- Abigail Nash, daughter of Jim and Joanna Nash.
- James Root, son of James and Lisa Root.
- Katerina Scott, daughter of Terry and Jesnena Scott.
- Amilia Spell, daughter of Steven and Suzanne Spell.
Board President Mrs. Carrie Upshaw recognized seven D-B seniors who have been named semi-finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.
- These students will compete with the top high school students in the nation for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $32 million.
- 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.
- Approximately 16,000 U.S. students qualified as semi-finalists.
- About 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
- The D-B National Merit Semi-Finalists are:
- Matthew Barnicki, son of Scott and Brenda Barnicki.
- Brogan Beckner, son of James and Sherry Beckner.
- Julian Chastain, son of Jerry and Karen Chastain.
- Nikhil (Nic) Chatra, son of Ashok and Shubha Chatra.
- Allison Glynn, daughter of Theodore and Bethanie Glynn.
- Rachel Rivera, daughter of Estuardo and Tamara Rivera.
- Grant Wilkins, son of Michael and Elizabeth Wilkins.
Mrs. Upshaw reconginzed American Electric Power for their donation to Kingsport City Schools to support robotics and LEGO League teams through STREAMWORKS.
- The donated funds will provide a portion of the resources necessary for KCS students to participate in these engaging STREAM programs.
In a special recognition, Mrs. Upshaw presented Dr. Dwain Arnold with a bobble head to thank him for his long service to KCS and his leadership as KCS Interim Superintendent during the administrative transition last winter.
- Dr. Arnold served as the interim superintendent between the tenure of Dr. Lyle Ailshie and the hiring of KCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse.