By Julie Baughman, firstname.lastname@example.org
10:50 AM EDT, October 4, 2013
Of the seven black high school students named semifinalists in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, four are from southwest area schools.
Kaylyn Clark of Catonsville High School and Biobele Briaide, Anya Byrd and Camille Calvin of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science were among the 1,600 students from across the country recognized by the program, which is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
The program will award 700 $2,500 National Achievement scholarships and 100 corporate and business scholarships to the 800 students chosen from the 1,300 finalists named in January.
Students will be chosen based on academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.