It's a first, as far as June Bentley can tell.
The social studies teacher at Wellborn High School, who has been teaching for 13 years at the school, thinks senior Erica Bell is the only national merit achievement scholar the school has ever had.
Bell is at least the first in recent memory.
"She just looks intelligent," said Bentley, who is teaching Bell economics this year.
On Wednesday Bell was one of 21 public high school African-American students in the state to be recognized for the scholarships, which range from $500 to $10,000 per year, according to a press release.