EHS grad wins na­tional schol­ar­ship

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East­side High School’s 2012 Vale­dic­to­rian, Seth Kim­brell, has been named a Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship win­ner. In Feb., Kim­brell was named one of only 15,000 fi­nal­ists in the na­tion. Of that 15,000, Kim­brell was one of only 8,300 students cho­sen to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship. In or­der to par­tic­i­pate in the Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship Cor­po­ra­tion (NSMC) pro­gram, students must take the Pre­lim­i­nary SAT/Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship Qual­i­fy­ing Test and meet other pro­gram re­quire­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Merit web­site, “all win­ners of Merit Schol­ar­ship® awards (Merit Scholar® de­signees) are cho­sen from the Fi­nal­ist group, based on their abil­i­ties, skills, and ac­com­plish­ments– with­out re­gard to gen­der, race, eth­nic ori­gin, or reli­gious pref­er­ence. A va­ri­ety of in­for­ma­tion is avail­able for NMSC se­lec­tors to eval­u­ate: the fi­nal­ist’s aca­demic record, in­for­ma­tion about the school’s cur­ric­ula and grad­ing sys­tem, two sets of test scores, the high school of­fi­cial’s writ­ten rec­om­men­da­tion, in­for­ma­tion about the stu­dent’s ac­tiv­i­ties and lead­er­ship, and the fi­nal­ist’s own essay.”

Kim­brell’s award from Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship Cor­po­ra­tion is in the form of a $2,000, fouryear re­new­able schol­ar­ship to Ge­or­gia Tech. Seth be­gins his fresh­man year at Ge­or­gia Tech later this week. Kim­brell also re­ceived the Zell Miller Schol­ar­ship to pay for full tu­ition. He plans on ma­jor­ing in eco­nom­ics with a pos­si­ble mi­nor in math­e­mat­ics.

“I was so ex­cited when I learned I re­ceived the schol­ar­ship,” said Kim­brell. “Just to be con­sid­ered was an honor. It’s fan­tas­tic to re­ceive the schol­ar­ship to help pay for col­lege ex­penses.”

“We are so proud and ex­cited for Seth,” said Jeff Cher, Prin­ci­pal of East- side High School. “Win­ning the Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship is cer­tainly a pres­ti­gious award. Seth’s aca­demic ac­com­plish­ments are only matched by his tremen­dous in­tegrity and his out­stand­ing char­ac­ter. We know that he will be suc­cess­ful in all of his fu­ture en­deav­ors.”

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