HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Harrison Central High senior has achieved quite an honor for himself and his school. He is one of more than 1,600 black-American high school seniors in the nation with a chance to compete for 800 scholarships.
On Friday, the school held a special assembly to celebrate the achievements of Delvin Davis. The 17-year-old senior seemed humbled by the recognition.
"I'm not used to all this attention," he said.
Delvin in the only senior from South Mississippi, and only one of 35 in the state, to be named a semi-finalist in the "National Achievement Scholarship Program". The program recognizes black students across the country, based on their Preliminary SAT scores last year. Students who make the cut can be eligible to compete for 800 scholarships worth a total of $2.5 million.
"I feel like it's another notch on the belt," said Delvin. "It would be more of a distinction on my college resume, and it would hopefully get me into Johns Hopkins University, make it easier."
"This is not something to take lightly. It can mean something very big for you in the very near future," Harrison Central High Principal Averie Bush told a group of students.
Bush invited Delvin to share some advice and motivate students who plan on taking the PSAT next month. Students who make qualifying scores on the test can be in line for other benefits and scholarship opportunities, like the National Merit Scholarship Program.
"It makes you want to score high of course on the test, because scholarship offers is what I'm looking forward to," said Harrison Central High Junior Johnathan Ladner.
"It made me want to take the PSAT. It provides great benefits. Harrison Central has a great recognition of this, and I hope to be in the same place as him next year," said Harrison Central High Junior Brittany Ladner.
Delvin encouraged the students to take the test as early as their Freshman year and to aim for high scores. He called his mom his biggest inspiration.
"Some of my earliest memories are playing Jeopardy against her and just getting slaughtered. She's so strong and she's going through so much stuff right now, and I'm glad to see that this will brighten some of the stuff she's going through," he said.
"I just want him to accomplish every dream that he has. He wants to be a brain surgeon and I truly hope he gets it. I'm extremely proud," said Vanessa Davis.
The next step is for Delvin to submit a scholarship application. He will find out if he's one of the finalists next spring.