Eight recent Gwinnnett County Public Schools graduates received scholarships from the university they plan to attend this fall. Representing six high schools, the students are part of a group of 1,800 National Merit College-sponsored scholarship winners.
The students are scheduled to receive between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.
Finalists were selected based on academic record, standardized test scores, a recommendation by a school official, self-descriptive essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities.
The winners were Melanie R. Chandler of Brookwood High, Heather K. Huynh of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Rebecca E. Wilson of Mountain View High, Geoffrey M. Sangston of Norcross High, Lisa Y. Liu of Parkview High, Natalie R. Neuman of Parkview High, Manisha Banga of Peachtree Ridge High and Alice Y. Herchek of Peachtree Ridge High.
Chandler, Huynh, Wilson, Neuman and Banga plan to attend the University of Georgia. Sangston plans to attend the University of Miami, Liu plans to attend Georgia Tech and Herchek plans to attend Fordham University.
Gwinnett represented at Future Problem Solving conference
Fourteen students from Gwinnett County Public Schools represented Georgia in the Future Problem Solving International Conference in at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., held June 6-9.
The conference was four days of competitive problem-solving, cooperative educational seminars and social activities. More than 2,000 students and coaches attended the FPS International Conference. Top problem-solvers from 36 states plus Australia, China, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey were in attendance.
Jennifer Wang, a recent graduate of Pinckneyville Middle, placed first for Scenario Writing in the Middle Division and read her award-winning selection. She also placed second in the Middle Division Team Scenario Writing Competition with three assigned teammates. Sam Carton, a rising seventh-grader at Pinckneyville Middle, was fifth in Individual Global Issues Problem Solving, Junior Division.
Michelle Fisher, a rising junior at Norcross High, finished third for Individual Global Issues Problem Solving, Senior Division. Allison Fisher, a recent graduate of Norcross High, was second in Multi-Affiliate Global Issues Problem Solving, Senior Division with three assigned teammates. Allison also earned honorable mention for the Graduating Senior Scholarship competition.
The Junior Division Team from Riverside Elementary placed eighth in Team Global Issues Problem Solving. Team members were Sritha Donepudi, Kaitlyn Garland, Joy Royal and Steven Zhou. A team of Norcross High rising sophomores Ian Campbell, Rachel Flowers, Ryan Lokhorst, and Lindsay Song represented Georgia in the Middle Division Global Issues Team Competition. Caitlyn Yang, a recent graduate of Pinckneyville Middle, represented Georgia in the Middle Division Global Issues Individual Competition. Alexandra Kim, a rising sophomore at Norcross High, competed in the Middle Division of Multi-Affiliate Global Issues Problem Solving.
Snellville teen awarded scholarship from GOHS
A Snellville teen was recently awarded a $500 scholarship for her work on the Governor’s Commission on Teen Driving. Morgan Polk was among 21 commission members who received the scholarship from a $20,000 grant from the Ford Driving Skills For Life program. The program is a joint partnership between Ford and the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Keith Farner writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.