Viking Update Post

February 15th Viking Update Post

National Merit Finalists

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Richland School District Two students have been named finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship (NSMSC) program. 

Spring Valley High School seniors Sparsho De, Madeline Dissinger, Andrew Juhn, Parth Patel, Ella Rescigno and Sirawit Shimpalee are among the approximately 15,000 finalists announced by NMSC.  These academically talented high school students move on to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $32 million that will be offered next spring. We are delighted to have the opportunity to congratulate these outstanding students and celebrate their advancement as Finalists.

Types of Merit Scholarship® Awards
Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, NMSC notifies approximately 7,500 Finalists at their home addresses that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship® award. Merit Scholarship awards are of three types:

  • National Merit® $2500 Scholarships
    Every Finalist competes for these single payment scholarships, which are awarded on a state representational basis. Winners are selected without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans.
  • Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
    Corporate sponsors designate their awards for children of their employees or members, for residents of a community where a company has operations, or for Finalists with career plans the sponsor wishes to encourage. These scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.
  • College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
    Officials of each sponsor college select winners of their awards from Finalists who have been accepted for admission and have informed NMSC by the published deadlines that the sponsor college or university is their first choice. These awards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. The published deadlines for reporting a sponsor college as first choice can be viewed on page 3 of the Requirements and Instructions for Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit®Scholarship Program. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.)

Merit Scholarship awards are supported by some 420 independent sponsors and by NMSC’s own funds. Sponsor organizations include corporations and businesses, company foundations, professional associations, and colleges and universities.NMSC, a non-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Talented and Gifted Theater Honors Class Auditions

Spring Virtual Open House

Spring Valley’s Virtual Spring Open House will begin on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. A link will be sent out to all parents with the Open House presentation link Wednesday at 9:00 A.M. The presentation will also be available on Spring Valley’s website and on the Viking Update. The presentation will be accessible from 9:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 17 through 8:00 P.M. Friday, February 26. 

Our hope is that this presentation provides all of you with an opportunity to not only learn more about your child’s teachers but also about the amazing things that are happening here at Spring Valley.


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Principals With Heart Campaign

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College Prep Palooza

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Michelin Technical Scholars Program

Million Women Mentors

Silicon Valley tech company Service Now wants to break down barriers to entry for students of color interested in pursuing a career in S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Join their virtual roundtable: Courageous Conversations on 2/18 to hear from representatives from the nations top HBCUs for S.T.E.A.M about career readiness for black students and solutions for engaging more HBCU students in tech careers. 

The discussion will cover topics such as encouraging black students to pursue careers in STEAM, innovative strategies for connecting with HBCU students and the importance of diversity in the tech field. Upon registration there will be an ‘opt-in’ link for interested parties to apply for open positions at Service Now. If you are a student interested in S.T.E.A.M this is the perfect opportunity for you to expand your network and make yourself visible.

Courageous Conversations: Black History Month Edition will feature 2x Grammy winner/actor Common, Benedict College President Dr. Roslyn Artis, Miles College President Bobbie Knight, SVP Global Head of Design Service Now Amy Lokey, Sr. Director, Strategy & Operations Service Now Cheick Camara and Sr. Program Manager Diversity & Inclusion Chris Rogers. 
Tune in February 18th at 12:00 p.m. PT/ 3:00 p.m. ET on Zoom To register visit: