Eleven students from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been named as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. All four high schools from the district are represented.

“We are beyond excited to see School District Five well represented in the National Merit Scholarship program,” said District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton. “These students epitomize the best of the best, and evidence that our students perform very well academically when families and school staff partner!”

Representing Chapin High are: Grayson Fletcher, Holden Gabriel, Joseph Humphries and Madeleine Maylath. Representing Dutch Fork High are: Myra Cai. Joshua Coleman, Meiqi Gu, Justin Kennedy and Lauren Riehm. Representing Irmo High is Nieky Wang. Representing Spring Hill High is Christian Davis.

“The Chapin High School family is incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication these students have shown towards their education,” said Chapin High School principal Michael Ames. “We are looking forward to celebrating Grayson, Holden, Joseph and Madeline when they are selected as recipients over the next few months.”    

Dutch Fork High principal Dr. Gerald Gary credited the academic foundation built within the district to the continued success of students at the school. “Most of our Dutch Fork High students are products of School District 5 K-8 schools. Our consistently strong showing in this program is a true testament to the unwavering dedication shown by all of our Fox Family students, teachers, and staff in creating a foundation of success that ensures that our students are college and career-ready.” 

“You simply do not find students any better than Nieky Wang,” said Irmo High principal Dr. Robin Hardy.  “Beyond her brilliance, she is personable, humble, and selfless.  Her leadership in our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and her acceptance to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) speaks volumes about the caliber of her academic excellence. Nieky gives me great hope for our future!

“We are very proud of Christian,” said Spring Hill High principal Dr. Michael Lofton. “He is not only a hard worker but a great young man. Christian does not see obstacles he sees opportunities. I know he will have an amazing future and I cannot wait to hear all about it one day.”

Finalists will compete for National Merit $2500 scholarships between March through mid-June. Corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored merit scholarships also will be awarded.

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