WAHS senior named national achievement semifinalist

Williamsport Area High School senior Taelyr Hill has been named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Now in its 50th year, the National Achievement Scholarship Program “is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Scholarship Program and National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and meeting other published requirements for participation,” according to its website.

This year, about 1,600 students nationwide scored high enough to be semifinalists. In the spring, 800 Achievement Scholarships worth about $2.5 million will be awarded.

Hill is among about 50 students in Pennsylvania who earned a spot as a semifinalist in the program.

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 80 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing and more than half of the finalists will receive an Achievement Scholarship award.

At the high school, Taelyr is involved in the International Club. She plans to pursue early childhood education after high school, and has her sights set on Lock Haven University, Misercordia University and York College.

WAHS head principal Michael Reed described Hill as a hardworking student who exhibits leadership at the high school, and commended her for her latest achievement.

“It’s a true pleasure having Taelyr as a student here at the high school,” Reed said. “We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”