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North High student wins National Merit Achievement Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of outstanding black high school seniors who have won achievement scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.  The Parkway winner is:
 
North High
Jennifer M. Wesley
Probable career field: Neuroscience
 
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented black American youth, and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition.  The 2010 program marks 46 annual competitions in which more than 30,300 participants will have received scholarships for undergraduate study worth over $95 million.  
 
2010 National Achievement Scholarship Competition
More than 160,000 students entered the 2010 National Achievement Scholarship program by requesting consideration when they took the 2008 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test as high school juniors.  In September 2009, approximately 1,600 of the highest scorers were named semifinalists on a regional representation basis.  To continue in the competition, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements for finalist standing, which included having a record of consistently high academic performance; being endorsed and recommended by an official of their high school; earning SAT scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance; and writing an essay.  Some 1,300 semifinalists advanced to the finalist level, and all National Achievement Scholarship winners were selected from this group of outstanding students.  Achievement Scholar awardees are the finalist candidates judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.