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Congratulations 2015 MSMS National Merit Semifinalists!

(from left, top row): Quinn Massengill, Ben Emmich, Conor Hultman (from left, middle row): Katy Shy, Robinson Tubbs, Nicholas Ezzell (from left, bottom row): Abigail Garmon, Kate Johnson, Ramya Murali, Magdalen Dobson.

(from left, top row): Quinn Massengill, Ben Emmich, Conor Hultman (from left, middle row): Katy Shy, Robinson Tubbs, Nicholas Ezzell (from left, bottom row): Abigail Garmon, Kate Johnson, Ramya Murali, Magdalen Dobson.

COLUMBUS, Mississippi -- Ten seniors from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science have been named National Merit Semifinalists.

Quinn Massengill, of Hickoy Flat, is the son of Steve and Dina Massengill. Before coming to MSMS, Quinn was a student at Potts Camp High School.

Ben Emmich, of Olive Branch, is the son of Brian and Catherine Emmich. Before coming to MSMS, Ben was a student at Desoto Central High School.

Conor Hultman, of Ecru, is the son of Catherine Hultman. Before coming to MSMS, Conor was a student at North Pontotoc High School.

Katy Shy, of Cleveland, is the daughter of Edward and Jennifer Shy. Before coming to MSMS, Katy was a student at Cleveland High School.

Robinson Tubbs, of Southaven, is the son of Stephen and Donna Tubbs. Before coming to MSMS, Robinson was a student at DeSoto Central High School.

Nicholas Ezzell, of Laurel, is the son of Jesse Ezzell. Before coming to MSMS, Nicholas was a student at West Jones High School.

Abigail Garmon, of Laurel, is the daughter of Thomas and Missy Brame. Before coming to MSMS, Abigail was a student at Laurel Christian high School.

Kate Johnson, of Meridian, is the daughter of William and Sarah Johnson. Before coming to MSMS, Kate was a student at Lamar School.

Ramya Murali, of Petal, is the daughter of Bedduh and Bushra Murali. Before coming to MSMS, Ramya was a student at Petal High School.

Magdalen Dobson, of Starkville, is the daughter of Edward Dobson and Susan Cook. Before coming to MSMS, Magdalen was a home schooled student.

"MSMS is very proud to have ten National Merit Semifinalists,” said MSMS Director for Academic Affairs, Kelly Brown. “Students at MSMS work hard to achieve academic success both in and out of the classroom.  I look forward to seeing what is in store for these students in their futures."

Of the 1.4 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship program, only 16,000 were named Semifinalists by the organization. Students competed for the honor by taking the Preliminary SAT test during their junior year of high school. These Semifinalists will now compete for 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth about $33 million. Nintey percent of Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist status, and more than half of those will win a National Merit Scholarship.

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is Mississippi’s only public, residential high school designed specifically to serve the needs of the state’s most academically gifted students. The school, which is located in Columbus, Mississippi on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women, was recently named by The Daily Beast as one of the top 100 high schools in America and one of the top 25 high schools in the South. The 110 members of the recently graduated class of 2014 were offered a staggering $20 million in scholarships. Students interested in attending MSMS must apply during their 10th grade year of high school. For more information about MSMS, please visit www.themsms.org.

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