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CCSD News and Announcements
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
May 2, 2011
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345

Cobb County Seniors Awarded National Merit,
National Achievement Scholarships

Fifteen seniors in Cobb County’s graduating class of 2011 were named winners of National Merit and National Achievement scholarships. The privately-funded National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) conducts the two annual recognition and scholarship programs each year, initially based on students’ performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Only 2,500 students are selected for $2,500 National Merit Scholarships from the pool of 15,000 finalists nationwide. A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors select scholarship winners who display the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and academic potential. Five Cobb seniors are among the 2011 honorees, including:

Glenn T. Shrum – Harrison High School – Probable career field: Journalism
Abubakar Abid – Walton High School – Probable career field: Computer science
Alex M. Li – Walton High School – Probable career field: Pediatrics
Anthony E. Altshul – Wheeler High School – Probable career field: Medicine
Michelle Lee – Wheeler High School – Probable career field: Biology

Three Cobb seniors received corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards from business partners of the NMSC. Corporate sponsors provide scholarships for approximately 1,000 National Merit Finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities served by the companies, or who plan to pursue studies the sponsor wishes to encourage. The Cobb recipients are:

Varija Agarwal – Walton High School – Probable career field: Nuclear/Radiological Engineering - National Merit Southern Company Scholarship

Guido Bacce – Lassiter High School – Probable career field: Business - National Merit Dow Chemical Company Scholarship

Daniel P. Valdez – Kennesaw Mountain High School – Probable career field: Engineering - National Merit Marsh & McClennan Companies Scholarship

The National Achievement Scholarship program is designed to recognize academically promising Black students throughout the U.S. and to provide scholarships to the most outstanding participants. Seven outstanding Cobb seniors were named among just 800 nationwide award winners, including:

Lauren E. Brown – Campbell High School – Probable career field: Radio/television
Brianna M. Chambers – Campbell High School – Probable career field: Broadcast journalism
Jacqueline E. Harris – Kennesaw Mountain High School – Probable career field: Pediatrics
Charis A. Spears – McEachern High School - Probable career field: Medicine
Elizabeth A. Studstill – Sprayberry High School – Probable career field: Publishing
Alexander D. McIntyre – Wheeler High School - Probable career field: Biomedical Engineering
Oludamilola A. Aladesanmi – Wheeler High School – Probable career field: Medicine

For more information about the National Merit and National Achievement scholarship programs, visit www.nationalmerit.org

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