STJ’s Jared Hunter Named National Achievement Semifinalist
Saint James School senior Jared Hunter has been named one of only 1,600 Black American high school seniors across the country to be named Semifinalists in the 50th Annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. These scholastically talented young men and women now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards, worth about $2.5 million to be offered next spring.
“I was extremely happy and surprised when I found out, and extremely proud that my hard work paid off,” Hunter said, smiling. “The recognition will definitely help my chances of getting into a really good college. I was also just really happy that my parents were proud I’d achieved this accomplishment. My mom was really excited when I told her.”
“I appreciate the teachers at STJ who kept pushing to excel,” he continued. “They helped with all the hard work, homework, and tutoring, especially (math teacher) Mrs. Wanda Love. She and everyone were just constantly pushing me to do my best.”
To be considered for a National Achievement Scholarship, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advanced to the Finalist level of the competition. About 80 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship Award.
”I’m looking at applying to Alabama, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Columbia,” Hunter said. “I’m undecided at what I’ll major in at this moment but I’m interested in political science or software engineering, and also pediatrics. I guess, you say I’m all over the place right now.”
Hunter, who has attended STJ since the fourth grade, is a member of the school’s Cross Country Team and Tennis teams and the Film Club, a senior peer leader, the SGA twelfth grade representative, the secretary for the student Y club, a member of the TWM Club (raising awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease), and a judge in Youth Judicial. He has a 3.99 GPA.
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