Return to Headlines

Seven School District Five students named National Merit Scholarship finalists

For Immediate Release – February 16, 2021



Seven School District Five students named National Merit Scholarship finalists

IRMO – Seven students from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been named as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.


“We are beyond excited to see School District Five well represented in the National Merit Scholarship program,” said School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton. “These students epitomize the best of the best, and are evidence that our students perform very well academically when families and school staff partner!”


School District Five National Merit Scholarship Finalists include: Sasha Bacot (Spring Hill High), Paige Maylath (Chapin High), Eric Mitchell (Dutch Fork High), Peter von Ahn (Spring Hill High), Seungwook Won (Dutch Fork High), Benjamin Yang (Dutch Fork High), and Jessie Zhao (Dutch Fork High). 


“The Chapin Eagle family is incredibly proud of Paige and her monumental accomplishment,” said Chapin High School principal Michael Ames. “It is easy to see why she ranks up there with the most accomplished students in the country.”    


Dutch Fork High principal Dr. Gerald Gary credited all four of these Dutch Fork High School students with the continued success of students at the school. “These students join an exceptional group of scholars nationwide whose dedication and commitment to the highest achievement has been recognized and rewarded. Our Fox Family is very proud to celebrate this accomplishment with these very deserving students." 


Spring Hill High School principal Dr. Michael Lofton added, “I am so proud of Sasha and Peter for being named National Merit Finalists. To understand what an honor this is, 1.5 million students enter the program each year. Those students named finalists represent the top 1% of the 1.5 million. Our Spring Hill family has always recognized just how special these two young people are both inside and outside of the classroom. They truly are the top 1%. Now it is time for the rest of the world to know this as well. Sasha and Petey, your Spring Hill family celebrates you and your achievements.”


Finalists will compete for National Merit $2500 scholarships between March through mid-June. Corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored merit scholarships also will be awarded.