By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Hard work earns GCPS seniors National Achievement Scholarships

Twenty Gwinnett County Public Schools students have been awarded 2015 National Achievement Scholarships. The National Achievement Scholarship Program provides scholarships to outstanding Black American high school students considered to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

The scholarships are privately financed by corporate organizations, professional associations, and by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

This year’s 20 GCPS seniors join more than 800 outstanding Black American high school students from across the nation who will receive scholarships totaling more than $2 million as part of the annual National Achievement Scholarship competition, conducted by the NMSC. The group represents 12 of the district’s traditional high schools and a charter schoolArcher High School; Brookwood High School; Central Gwinnett High School; Collins Hill High School; Grayson High School; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Mill Creek High School; Mountain View High School; North Gwinnett High School; Parkview High School; Peachtree Ridge High School; and Shiloh High School. The 2015 student winners from Gwinnett are:

Archer High School:
 Kynnedi J. Fye
 Probable career field: Law

Brookwood High School:
 Vanessa H. Boyle
 Probable career field: Undecided
 Tiffany Jonai Fomby
 Probable career field: Law
 Kwadwo Korang Obeng-Marnu
 Probable career field: Physics

Central Gwinnett High School:
 Rhodalene C. Benjamin-Addy
 Probable career field: Chemical Engineering

Collins Hill High School:
 Amethyst R. King
 Probable career field: Neuroscience

Grayson High School:
 Taylor Alexandria Pope
 Probable career field: Activism

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology:
 Samuel Zinga
 Probable career field: Medicine

Mill Creek High School:
 Ashley Ann Barnes
 Probable career field: Aerospace Engineering
 Norris L. Davis III
 Probable career field: Law

Mountain View High School:
 Hayat H. Ramzi
 Probable career field: Biology

North Gwinnett High School:
 Carmen E. Toomer
 Probable career field: Surgical Medicine
 Cory A. Brooks
 Probable career field:  Computer Science

Parkview High School:
 Elshaddai Girma
 Probable career field: Psychology
 Amanda Nicole Mitchell
 Probable career field: Surgical Medicine
 Nia M. Mitchell
 Probable career field: Pediatrics

Peachtree Ridge High School:
 Rudy R. Crosby
 Probable career field: Chemical Engineering
 Alexis L. McKenzie
 Probable career field: Biomedical Engineering

Shiloh High School:
 Micaiah L. Palmer
 Probable career field: Neurosurgery
 Jasmine A. Wilson
 Probable career field: Medicine 

Some of the scholarships, one-time awards of $2,500, are funded by NMSC. Others, funded by corporations, are renewable with annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year or a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. 

The competition first began with results of the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT.) In September 2014, approximately 1,600 semifinalists were designated within geographic regions based on the highest scores in the states that make up each region. About 1,300 contestants 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 the school principal, writing an essay, and earning SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT performance. A total of 800 Achievement Scholar honorees were selected from the finalists.

For more information about the National Achievement Scholarship Program, contact (847) 866-5100 or visit