Achieving the pinnacle

The level of academic excellence that can be achieved in our New Albany Schools has been demonstrated for the second consecutive year.

A New Albany High School senior, Jamie Crow, daughter of Darrell and Patricia Crow, is among 136 students in Mississippi to become a National Merit Semifinalist.
Crow follows Joseph Male, son of the Rev. Barry and Sara Male, who graduated in May from New Albany and now is a student at Mississippi State University.
The National Merit Semifinalist title is awarded based on performance on the national standardized test, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.  The same test is given nationwide; there is no finagling between school districts or states. About 16,000 students reached the level nationwide this year.
What makes Crow’s achievement even more impressive is that only 18 students from Northeast Mississippi were honored and 11 of those are at Oxford High School. Three are from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and one each are from Saltillo, Mooreville and Starkville. The Tupelo school system failed to make the cut.
National Merit recognition is a pinnacle achievement for a student. We congratulate the students, their parents, their teachers and the school administrators.