Anna K. Donald of Jones County has been named a National Merit semifinalist. Initiated in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program is a prestigious honor designed to recognize high achieving students and to offer a sizable number of scholarships.
It is supported by some 400 independent corporate organizations and higher education institutions. Only 16,000 semifinalists were chosen nation-wide and only 144 were selected in the state of Mississippi. Anna is the only National Merit semifinalist in Jones County this year.
Anna, a senior at South Jones, has excelled academically and in extracurricular activities. She maintains a 4.0+ GPA, scored a 33 on the ACT, and will graduate with Honors and MS Scholars in May 2020. She was a 2018-2019 Jones County Future Leader, selected as Jones County’s Distinguished Young Woman 2020, and recognized as a Top Ten contestant in Mississippi Distinguished Young Woman 2019. Anna participates in show choir and drama at South Jones. She is also an active member of the Beta Club, Smart Club, Key Club, Student Council and serves in her youth group at First Baptist Church of Ellisville.