Released By Osceola School District
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced five Osceola County students as National Merit Scholarship winners:
· Angel Javier Martinez Acevedo – Gateway High – awarded National Merit $2,500 Scholarship – Plans to attend Yale
· Brandon Ceme – Gateway High -awarded National Merit University of Central Florida Scholarship – Plans to attend UCF
· Brian Lin – Gateway High -awarded National Merit University of Florida Scholarship – Plans to attend Rice University
· David Movsisyan – Celebration High – awarded National Merit $2,500 Scholarship – Plans to attend New York University, Stern School of Business
· Khadija Zaidi – Gateway High -awarded National Merit University of Central Florida Scholarship – Plans to attend UCF
The students above, along with the other 2,500 Merit Scholar designees across the nation, were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit 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. These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools, including: the academic record, 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.