New Smyrna Beach High School senior named finalist in 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition

NSBHS Principal Jim Tager with senior Alexandria SpradlinPhoto for Headline Surfer
New Smyrna Beach High School Principal Jim Tager poses with outstanding senior Alexandria A. Spradlin.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Perhaps the middle initial "A" in Alexandria A. Spradlin's name is symbolic of her academic achiement at New Smyrna Beach High School. After all, the senior has been named finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition.

"New Smyrna Beach High School is pleased to announce that Alexandria A. Spradlin is a finalist," Principal Jim Tager said.

Spradlin is one of 14,400 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship program. She is the daughter of Christina and Gregory Spradlin.


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