Tupelo’s Smith named achievement semifinalist

EVANSTON, Ill. – Tupelo High School senior Cemone Smith is among 1,600 black high school seniors in the country who were designated Semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of National Achievement Semifinalists this morning. There were 24 from Mississippi, and Smith is the only honoree from Northeast Mississippi.

She now will have the opportunity to compete for about 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million. The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated by the NMSC in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation.