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Local students win two of 800 National Merit scholarships

Two area high school students are among 800 seniors nationwide whose academic efforts earned them National Achievement scholarships this year.

Northwestern High's Armand Miller and Clover High's Andrew Puncheon will receive $2,500 for college.

"I was happy," Miller said. "Without scholarships, I wouldn't be going to college."

The nonprofit National Merit Scholarship runs the National Achievement Program, which recognizes black students who excel academically.

High scores on the Preliminary SAT during students' junior year qualify them to compete for Merit and National Achievement scholarships. In South Carolina, 22 seniors from 18 high schools received scholarships.

"I'd never heard of it until I got the letter in the mail," said Puncheon, who plans to study biology at Clemson University or Wofford College. He hopes to work in genetics.

Miller, who's racked up more than $13,000 in scholarships, plans to study engineering at Clemson.