10 Additional Cobb Students Named National Merit Scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named 10 Cobb County School District (CCSD) students National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The CCSD students were among 2,500 Merit Scholar designees and were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists. The CCSD students represent Campbell High School, Hillgrove High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Lassiter High School, Pope High School, Walton High School and Wheeler High School.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors selected the scholars after appraising a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

NMSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

Corporations, and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

NMSC previously announced that five CCSD students were recipients of the corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. On June 7 and July 17, NMSC will announce the Merit Scholarship winners of the college-sponsored awards.

Cobb County School District $2500 National Merit Winners include:

  • Donian I. Chyong, Walton High School
  • Destini J. Deinde-Smith, Hillgrove High School
  • Ben P. Kilpatrick, Campbell High School
  • Amanda K. Miller, Lassiter High School
  • Vivek S. Pai, Wheeler High School
  • Alexander J. Reedy, Pope High School
  • Angela K. Su, Wheeler High School
  • Nathan S. Wu, Walton High School
  • Kevin Zhang, Walton High School
  • Madelyn R. Focaracci, Kennesaw Mountain High School