Viking Update Post

September 18th Viking Update

Spring Valley National Merit Semi-Finalists

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the names of six Richland Two seniors who are Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Sparsho De, Madeline N. Dissinger, Andrew J. Juhn, Parth A. Patel, Ella M. Rescigno and Sirawit Shimpalee of Spring Valley High School are among 16,000 Semifinalists. They will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. Students advancing to the Finalist level will be notified in February.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit
Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.



Seniors, You Must Graduate College and Career Ready (CCR)!

Seniors are deemed CCR by the SC Department of Education when they achieve ONE of the metrics below:

  • ASVAB score of 31+
  • SAT score of 1020 +
  • ACT score 20 +
  • WIN score Silver, Gold, Platinum
  • AP exam score 3 +
  • IB score 4 +2 dual enrollment courses C or better
  • CaTE completion with certification
  • WBL Credit for working part-time or volunteering at least 60 hour

Not CCR yet? Below are opportunities to become CCR:

  • SAT – 9/23/2020.
  • ACT and ASVAB – 10/6/2020
  • WIN – 11/11/2020
  • ASVAB – 11/18/2020 (tentative date)
  • Earn a Work-based Learning Credit. Contact Ms. Wilson
  • Become a CATE completer. Contact Ms. Wilson


SVHS Counseling Newsletter

SVHS Counseling Newsletter

Viking Strong Podcast Episode 10

What’s going on Viking Universe!! Welcome to EPISODE 10 of the Viking Strong Podcast. It’s crazy to believe we are at episode 10 already and we can’t wait for what comes next. Today, we had on Junior Girl’s Golfer, Maddie Webster and Head Boy’s Soccer Coach, Stephen McKinney. Also, in this episode, we honor Coach Charles Peterson, who passed away recently. Prayers are with his family and friends. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE, follow us on our socials, email us, and enjoy!

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