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Six GCPS seniors make National Merit list

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Six Gwinnett County Public Schools seniors have made this year's National Merit list, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The high school seniors, who are scheduled to graduate next week, are part of a group of about 2,500 distinguished students nationwide judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Daniel B. Cates of Norcross High, Eric C. Chen and Jonathan D. Cox, both of Brookwood High, and Cong "Tom" Hui and Lucy J. Xu, both of Parkview High, will each receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Jessica Lukasik of Grayson High was named an Honorary Merit Scholarship winner, which recognizes her distinguished performance in the competition but signifies that her educational plans or other awards preclude the receipt of a monetary scholarship.

These students were selected from a pool of about 15,000 finalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seven GCPS seniors receive Gates Millennium Scholarship

Additionally, seven graduating seniors have been named Gates Millennium Scholars, earning a full college scholarship.

Brittney Blakely of Mountain View High, Julian Forero of Mill Creek High, Nganda Gatei of Collins Hill High, Zakiya Haji of Parkview High, Seo Kim of North Gwinnett High, Louis Leonidas of Parkview High and Kayla Mckenzie of Duluth High are part of a group of 1,000 students from across the country selected for the 2010 class of Gates Millennium Scholars.

Gates Millennium Scholars receive a full scholarship for undergraduate work and also qualify for selected graduate and doctoral work. The program, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund, promotes academic excellence for outstanding minority, low-income students. It provides thousands of students the opportunity to reach their full potential.

To earn the scholarship, the seniors participated in a lengthy and competitive application process. Honorees were selected based on a review of their academic record, community involvement and extracurricular activities, as well as their families' need for financial assistance.