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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: National Merit Scholars announced

Frank Reddy

Frank Reddy

EVANSTON, ILL. -- The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced more than 2,500 recipients of its annual $2,500 award. Among them: about a dozen local students.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 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.

Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who examined students' academic records, difficulty level of subjects studied, scores from standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities and recommendation written by a high school official.

Local winners included the following:

-- John Kaffezakis, Duluth High School

-- Katherine Li, Peachtree Ridge High School

-- Christine Wilson, Greater Atlanta Christian School

-- Lucy Yang, Lambert High School

-- Julian Menzel, Parkview High School

-- Brittany Dubay, Providence Christian Academy

-- Allison Fisher, Norcross High School

-- Cody Solomon, Wesleyan School

-- Steven Smith, Greater Atlanta Christian

-- Casey Jaekyung Kim, Lambert High School

-- Megan Keely Moore, Lambert High School

Local student wins honors in international video contest

SNELLVILLE -- Robert Chandler, a sophomore at Brookwood High School, won honorable mention for an original video he produced for the "World of 7 Billion" student video contest, sponsored by Population Connection.

His video, which uses hand-drawn animation to show how hunger affects the human population, was among 13 winners from 567 submissions created by high school students across the country.

To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVCJ5tbnujE&feature=player_embedded

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.