Kirby E. Brennan, a student at Newsome High School, and Christian D. Allen and Ashley T. Montgomery, students at Bloomingdale High School, are among 19 high school seniors in Hillsborough County public schools who have been named National Achievement Scholar semifinalists, placing them among the highest-achieving black students in the nation.
The total of 19 semifinalists is the highest number in the state, and tops the number for Hillsborough County last year when 14 students earned the honor.
The National Achievement Scholar semifinalists come from nine high schools. Strawberry Crest High School led the way in Hillsborough with four semifinalists.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program honors scholastically talented black high school seniors across the nation. In January, the semifinalists will learn whether they advance as finalists and qualify for scholarship awards.
The semifinalists from Hillsborough County public schools are:
Bloomingdale: Christian D. Allen, Ashley T. Montgomery
Jefferson: U’Kera V. Gadsden
King: Tatiana N. Henry, Amber A. Johnson, Desirae J. Vaughn
Newsome: Kirby E. Brennan
Plant: Clarque M. Brown
Robinson: Evyn S. Brown, Shaneece R. Lane, Justin P. Williams
Strawberry Crest: Mazeed O. Aro-Lambo, Savannah L. Bradley, Jordan R. Brown, Ayomikun Loye
Tampa Bay Tech: Jah’Nell M. Sampson
Wharton: Christina D. Malcolm, Jafari J. Roberts, Alexandra P. Sullivan