CCHS’s Calhoun named National Merit semifinalist

Published 11:34 am Friday, September 16, 2011

Chilton County High School student Steven Ray Calhoun is a 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist.

About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants from each state.

Steven Ray Calhoun, a student a Chilton County High School, has been named a 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist. He is shown with CCHS principal Greg DeJarnett.

Calhoun is the son of Jeff and Donna Calhoun of Clanton. He is a member of DECA, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Historical Society and is president of Youth Alive. He is active in Lomax Assembly of God ministries and has participated in various mission trips. He also volunteers in the community and plays in the worship band at Lomax AG.

Calhoun has also participated in Alabama’s Competition for Excellence (ACE), where he won first place in the grammar division. Although he has yet to decide on a college major, he plans to attend a four-year college or university and is interested in pursuing a career in music, ministry or graphic design.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goal of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced in four nationwide new releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.