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Six Gwinnett seniors among National Merit winners

GCPS applauds National Merit Scholars

Six Gwinnett seniors among National Merit winners

May 18, 2018

     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that six Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors are 2018 National Merit Scholars. The six Gwinnett students, who join a growing list of students who continue to receive notification of scholarships, are:



Probable Career


Brian Cho

Brookwood HS


National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Rubin Park

Collins Hill HS


National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Shruthi I. Santhanam

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Computer Science

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Jason R. Russell

Mill Creek HS

Applied Mathematics

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Windsor Xu

Parkview HS

Industrial Engineering

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Sumedh S. Garimella

Peachtree Ridge HS

Computer Science

National Merit $2500 Scholarship
Underwritten By State Farm Companies Foundation


     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 2018 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 2016 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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