Lo­cal schol­ars

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - OPINION -

Tis­sues fac­ing the Clark County School Dis­trict are nu­mer­ous and oft-re­peated. Sub­stan­dard stu­dent test scores and grad­u­ates who re­quire re­me­dial classes at the next level are just two of the chal­lenges the dis­trict has grap­pled with for years.

Yet too of­ten, the neg­a­tive tends to ob­scure the fact that a great many lo­cal teachers are do­ing yeo­man’s work to in­still their stu­dents with the skills, rea­son and ap­ti­tude nec­es­sary to suc­ceed. And many of those stu­dents are do­ing just that.

Dis­trict of­fi­cials an­nounced this week that 62 stu­dents had been named semi­fi­nal­ists in the Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram for 2018. Those who qual­ify scored among the top 1 per­cent on the Pre­lim­i­nary Sat/na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship Qual­i­fy­ing Test, which cov­ers math, writ­ing, lan­guage and ev­i­dence-based read­ing. About 1.6 mil­lion ju­niors from 22,000 high schools across the coun­try sat for the exam.

Eleven Clark County stu­dents from lo­cal pri­vate schools also achieved the honor.

The Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship Corp. re­ports that about 90 per­cent of the 16,000 semi­fi­nal­ists are ex­pected to earn fi­nal­ist sta­tus, which will al­low them to com­pete for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent aca­demic grants avail­able to about half the group.

“The Clark County School Dis­trict is ex­tremely proud of the ac­com­plish­ments achieved by th­ese stu­dents in be­com­ing Na­tional Merit Semi­fi­nal­ists,” said a state­ment is­sued by Mike Bar­ton, the dis­trict’s chief aca­demic of­fi­cer. “This ac­com­plish­ment is a re­flec­tion of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion put forth by th­ese stu­dents through­out the years.”

Con­grat­u­la­tions to th­ese high school schol­ars. South­ern Ne­vada’s fu­ture is brighter to­day thanks to th­ese in­tel­li­gent young men and women.

The views ex­pressed above are those of the Las Ve­gas Re­view-journal. All other opin­ions ex­pressed on the Opinion and Com­men­tary pages are those of the in­di­vid­ual artist or au­thor in­di­cated.

Tim Brin­ton

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