Senior Asia Edwards conducts a powder analysis during chemistry club at Greenwood High School. She is a semifinalist in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program. (Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)
Asia Edwards has always been a little bit ahead of the game.
When other children were eating bugs, Edwards was too busy studying them and watching them to get a hankering to try them.
"I was the only kid catching bugs and trying to see what was on the bug, and everybody else is just eating them," she said.
Fast forward a few years and the Greenwood High School senior is enjoying her title as one of South Carolina's semifinalists in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition recognizing black high school students for their achievements.
Out of an estimated 160,000 entrants nationwide, Edwards, 17, was selected as one of the 1,300 semifinalists for the scholarship because of her high PSAT score. The pool is narrowed down to 1,200 finalists, and 800 winners are chosen from that group to receive scholarships.
Before Edwards, or any semifinalist, progresses as a finalist, she must score as well on the SAT and provide a complete high school record to show academic success through all four years.
But for now, Edwards is trudging through the essay portion of her College of Charleston application. She eventually wants to go to medical school and get on track to be an infectious disease specialist - like the fictional Dr. House, she said.
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