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Alpharetta-Milton Area Students Named National Merit Winners

The students earned $2,500 cash scholarships funded by the National Merit Corporation.

Two Alpharetta and Milton area school seniors have been named 2013 National Merit Scholars.

Katie J. Zheng and Dhara Patel from the Alpharetta and Milton area join eight other students from throughout Fulton County in being named scholars.

Along with the prestigious National Merit Scholar distinction, the students earn $2,500 cash scholarships funded by the National Merit Corporation to use at the college or university of their choice.

Students awarded with this round of scholarships include:

School Student Name Alpharetta High School Katie J. Zheng Centennial High School Alec G. Mazzuckelli Chattahoochee High School Nari Lee Johns Creek High School Danielle H. Kwon, Christopher D. Shin Milton High School Dhara Patel North Springs Charter High School Emily G. Kelly

Northview High School

James M. Dow, Jesun Park Roswell High School Erin M. Flynn

Throughout the spring, the National Merit Corporation announces winners of scholarships in several rounds determined by the source funding the awards. In late April, eight students were named finalists for scholarships funded by corporations, and today, National Merit Corporation announced finalists who are receiving awards funded by the organization itself. The final two rounds of winners, which are for those earning scholarships sponsored by specific colleges, will be announced May 29 and July 15.

Qualifying students were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In addition to having a record of high academic performance, they were endorsed by their principal and earned high SAT scores confirming their earlier qualifying test performance.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation conducts the annual National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Scholarship programs. Scholarships awarded through the programs are underwritten by business organizations and higher education institutions, as well as by the organization’s own funds.

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