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More than a dozen GCPS seniors among National Merit winners

May 12, 2021

     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that 13 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors are 2021 National Merit Scholars. The 13 Gwinnett students join a growing list of students who continue to receive notification of scholarships. The National Merit Scholars from GCPS for 2021 are:

Name

School

Probable Career

Award

Morgan J. Bell

Archer HS

 

Biochemistry

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

William R. Bray

Brookwood HS

Medical Engineering

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Grace Wang

 

Gwinnett School Of Mathematics, Science, And Technology

Marine Biology

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Underwritten By State Farm Companies Foundation

 

Eric J. Van Ness

Norcross HS

Quantitative Analysis

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Madeline C. Busse

North Gwinnett HS

Writing

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Caren H. Kim

 

North Gwinnett HS

International Relations

 

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Megha Mishra

 

North Gwinnett HS

Medicine

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Sarah W. Park

North Gwinnett HS

Biomedical Engineering

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Steven Z. Vacha

North Gwinnett HS

Industrial Engineering

 

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Heyi “Alina” Zhang

Parkview HS

Mathematics

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Nikita R. Dandekar

Peachtree Ridge HS

 

Industrial Engineering

 

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Brian S. Ji

Peachtree Ridge HS

 

Applied Mathematics

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Isaac Y. Hwang

 

Peachtree Ridge HS

 

Biology

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

 

     The National Merit Scholars are part of a group of distinguished students nationwide judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. As designees, they each receive a scholarship for $2,500. The students were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors from a pool of more than 16,000 finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The committee reviewed each student’s academic record including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions/leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the student; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

     The competition began when more than 1.5 million students, who at the time were high school juniors, took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The highest scoring participants in each state were then selected as semifinalists. From the semifinalist group, 16,000 met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

 

For more information about the NMSC, contact (847) 866-5100.