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Six Gwinnett seniors among National Merit winners

GCPS seniors earn scholarships

Six Gwinnett seniors among National Merit winners

May 18, 2020

     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that six Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors are 2020 National Merit Scholars. The six Gwinnett students join a growing list of students who continue to receive notification of scholarships. The National Merit Scholars from GCPS for 2020 are:



Probable Career


Tarel D. Dennie


Brookwood HS


Human Rights

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Shalin A. Jain


Duluth HS



National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Vraj J. Patel


Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology


National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Davin W. Shi

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology


National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Cassidy Hettesheimer

Mill Creek HS



National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Mary Wang

Parkview HS

Computer Science

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 2020 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 2018 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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