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Nine Gwinnett seniors among National Merit winners

Nine seniors named as 2017 National Merit Scholars

Nine Gwinnett seniors among National Merit winners

May 19, 2017

     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that nine Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors were selected as 2017 National Merit Scholars. The nine Gwinnett students who join a growing list of students who continue to receive notification of scholarships are:

Brookwood High School

Karl Dirac Sahadeo Patram

Probable career field: Economics
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Khalil Sayid

Probable career field: Applied Mathematics
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
Central Gwinnett High School

Qasim A. Hassan

Probable career field: Mechanical Engineering
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Sabarish Sainathan

Probable career field: Computer Science
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
Dacula High School

Paul V. Dittamo

Probable career field: Applied Mathematics
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
North Gwinnett High School

Victoria C. Fonzi

Probable career field: Medicine
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Satya A. Jella

Probable career field: Biochemistry
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
Parkview High School

Kiara L. Harding

Probable career field: Law
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
 
Parkview High School

Mohammad A. Makhmudov

Probable career field: Public Service
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 15,000 finalists in the 2017 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 1.6 million students, who at the time were high school juniors, took the 2015 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, 15,000 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.

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