Advertise With Us

10 Gwinnett seniors make National Achievement’s list

Ten of this year’s National Achievement Scholars are from Gwinnett County Public Schools, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced.

The Gwinnett students, who are expected to receive their graduation diploma later this spring, were identified as outstanding Black American high school seniors considered as having the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

The members of Gwinnett’s Class of 2014 identified as National Achievement Scholars are:

From Berkmar High:

· Mati T. Nemera
Probable career field: Medicine
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

 From Collins Hill High:

· Mary U. Nosa
Probable career field: Anesthesiology
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

 From Grayson High:

· Sydney A. Wade
Probable career field: Biomedicine
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

From Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology:

· Chinye E. Ijeli
Probable career field: Medicine
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

· Renae R. Irving
Probable career field: Biomedical Engineering
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

· Kira Pyronneau
Probable career field: Engineering
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

From Mountain View High:

· Wandia N. Mureithi
Probable career field: Medicine
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

From North Gwinnett High:

· Kara P. Jones
Probable career field: International Business
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

From Parkview High:

· Milan M. Ravenell
Probable career field: Engineering
National Achievement Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Scholarship

From Peachtree Ridge High:
· Leesa C. Quinlan
Probable career field: Law
National Achievement $2,500 Scholarship

Most of Gwinnett’s scholars are part of a nationwide group of 700 students who are recipients of National Achievement Scholarships, most of which are a single payment of $2,500. Parkview High’s Milan Ravenell is part of approximately 100 other scholars recipients of the corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards. Corporate organizations generally provide awards for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or have plans to pursue majors or careers the grantor wishes to encourage. More than 160,000 students entered the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) as high school juniors. During the fall of 2012 as students began their junior year, semifinalists were designated within geographic regions based on the highest scores in the states that make up each region.

They advanced to the finalist level in the competition by filling out a detailed application, presenting a record of high academic performance throughout high school, being endorsed and recommended by a school official from their local high school, writing an essay, and earning SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT performance. Achievement Scholar honorees were selected from the finalists judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments. For more information about the National Achievement Scholarship Program, contact (847) 866-5100 or visit