Beaufort News

Bluffton High senior makes national semifinals

Tibra Wheeler, a senior at Bluffton High School, has been named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Competition. "She is a wonderful young lady, and a shining example of the best our community has to offer," Bluffton High guidance director Melody McAllister said in an email. The competition is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Students qualify for the award by earning high scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Across the country, 1,600 black high school seniors were honored. Wheeler will now compete for one of 800 achievement scholarships, which total more than $2.4 million, according to a news release from the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which was established in 1964 to recognize outstanding high school students who are black.