Three eighth graders at Georgetown Middle School and one sophomore at Sussex Central High School earned $1,000 scholarships for their exemplary performance on the state's standardized tests.
Eighth grader Sierra Riedel earned a scholarship for her performance of on the reading portion of the test, while her classmates Alexandria Spaccerelli and Sarah Timmons each earned scholarships for their scores on the math portion.
Meanwhile, Sussex Central sophomore Caitlyn Ash was among just 20 students in Delaware to earn a pair of $1,000 scholarships for her performance on both the reading and math portions.
The Ferguson Scholarships are awarded to Delaware students who earn exceptionally high scores on the reading and math portions of the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS). This year, $299,000 in scholarships was awarded to 279 students, including a total of 16 in the Indian River School District.
In addition to the Georgetown-area students, Millsboro Middle School eighth grader Jamillah Jimenez won a scholarship for her math score, while classmates Hailee Smith received the scholarship for her reading score. Selbyville Middle School eighth graders Leeann Mumford, Taylor Walker and Mary Whaley each received the scholarship for their reading scores. Southern Delaware School of the Arts eighth grader Shania Fuhrman earned a scholarship for her reading score. Indian River High School tenth graders Jacqueline Buck, Andrew Chapdelaine and Mandy Seyfert earned scholarships for their reading scores, while classmate Courtney Gray won scholarships for both the reading and math portions.