Governor’s school celebrates 18 National Merit Semifinalists

Eighteen students from the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville are among the 16,000 semifinalists named in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically accomplished students are eligible for continued competition in the program, which awards National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million each spring.

GSSM’s 2019 National Merit Semifinalists are:
Akhil Adusumilli, child of Uma Adusumilli and Rajesh Adusumilli of Fort Mill
Sienna Brent, child of Dr. Sylvia J. Sievers and Dr. J. Justin Brent of Clinton
Dylan Bruss, child of Jennifer Bruss and Andrew Bruss of Easley
Eugenia Fulcher, child of Dr. Kara Fulcher and Stephen Fulcher of Greenville
Josh Geden, child of Chelle Geden and Matt Geden of Simpsonville
Daniel Hilbourn, child of Deborah S. Hilbourn and Jerry L. Hilbourn of Florence
Will Hobbs, child of Kristine Hobbs and Bill Hobbs of Lexington
Daniel Li, child of Min Zhang and Dr. Mai Li of Greenville
John Lu, child of Xiuzhen Lu and Zhenheng Li of Aiken
Brendan McManamon, child of Deborah McManamon and James McManamon of Easley
Will Ramsey, child of Mei Kung and Bill Ramsey of Greenwood
Albert Rancu, child of Catalina Marinescu and Ovidiu Rancu of Anderson
Ashlyn Reining, child of Shelly Reining and Kris Reining of Myrtle Beach
Richard Sandvoss, child of Kathy Sandvoss and Keith Sandvoss of Fort Mill
Lillian Slaughter, child of Shannon Slaughter and John Slaughter of Inman
Gavin Hale Stafford, child of Jessica Stafford and Jeff Stafford of Greenville
Chasity Waldron, child of Shannon Harrison Waldron and Lee Waldron of Hartsville
Haakim Waraich, child of Kiran Sheikh and Afsar Waraich of Barnwell

Approximately 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to become finalists, and approximately half of the finalists will be awarded scholarships. Awards will be announced between April and July 2019. For information, visit

Author: Rachel Howell

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