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National Achievement finalist from Clements wants to work for FBI

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Attention FBI. A National Achievement finalist is interested in being an agent.

Clements High School senior Jarred Gill said he plans to study criminal justice at The University of Alabama with the intention of working for the FBI.

Gill is among 1,300 black American high school seniors designated as a finalist in the annual National Achievement Scholarship competition.

Conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., the National Achievement Program is a privately financed activity initiated in 1964 to honor academically promising black youths and provide scholarships to the most outstanding participants.

More than 130,000 high school juniors took the 2005 Preliminary Stanford Achievement Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance, get an endorsement and recommendation from the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/MNSQT performance.

"All those nights of reading to him as a baby are paying off," said Gill's mother, Cynthia Yarbrough.

On Monday, the Limestone County Commission recognized Gill for his achievement.

"We are proud of him for getting this honor," said Commission Chairman David Seibert.

Gill said his father, Lonnie "L.C." Gill, was a drug enforcement agent, which got him interested in criminal justice.

Gill played football and competed in track and field at Clements. He is a member of the Beta, Spanish and Science clubs and the High School Enrichment Program. He will graduate May 24.

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