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MJHS’ Sauls named semifinalist for National Merit Scholarship program
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Recently, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Chelsey Sauls from Mt. Juliet High School was named as one of the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of the U. S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic  record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed  and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. The 2014 winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 300,000 other  distinguished  young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Halloween in the Park brings treats from Big Brothers
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

When Mt. Juliet’s little costumed witches, princesses, scarecrows, Batmen and Spidermen arrive at Charlie Daniels Park Saturday, Oct. 12, Big Brothers will be ready for them. 

“We’re kicking off our fundraising season with a booth at Halloween in the Park, selling cold drinks, chips and freshly grilled hamburgers,” President of the Club Sherry Bilbrey noted. “We’ll have tables and chairs set up so families can relax and have lunch. One of our main charitable events, Mothers Toy Store, is just two months away, and our funds are running low. Recipes from lunch will enable us to restock our coffers.”

Last year, thanks to generous donations, Big Brothers was able to provide holiday toys for more than 600 Mt. Juliet children, and to deliver food baskets to 325 area families. 

Saturday’s trick-or-treaters won’t go away empty-handed, however. “We’ve purchased the cutest Halloween-themed goodies to give all the children who visit our booth,” Ms. Bilbrey enthused. She was quick to mention how much Big Brothers appreciates the support and generosity of Mt. Juliet residents. “We couldn’t do all we do without them,” she said. “Our Halloween treats are just a way of giving back to the community.”

Two armed men rob J.M. Market
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Two armed men robbed J.M. Market on Nonaville Road early Friday morning. 

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, around 5:20 a.m., a panic alarm brought officers, where it was discovered that an armed robbery had just occurred. Two men wearing masks entered the store, one pointed a handgun at the clerks, and another demanded cash from the register. An undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes were taken by the robbers. After the robbery, the men ran out the front door and fled on foot, scattering packs of cigarettes.

Antioch man hit by car on East Division
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

An Antioch man was killed after being struck by a car on East Division Street Wednesday morning, Sept. 11. 

According to a preliminary report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, James W. Buchanan was walking along East Division Street just before 6 a.m. when he was struck by a car driven by Iris J. Shelton, 62. According to the report, Shelton did not see Buchanan because of darkness and fog. No citations or criminal charges were issued. 

Out of state Woman found deceased in car in Waffle House parking lot
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

An unidentified woman from out of state was found deceased in her car at the Waffle House in Mt. Juliet Friday. 

According to the Mt. Juliet Police Department, around 5:30 p.m., officers were called to the Waffle House on South Mt. Juliet Road. Officers and Wilson Emergency Management determined the female was deceased. She was 52 years old. 

MJPD’s criminal investigators processed the scene for evidence, and the medical examiner responded to process the body. It was determined there was no foul play and this was not a criminal incident. 

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