By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

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 www.nationalmerit.org