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Two high school seniors awarded Merit Scholarships

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Two area high school seniors were awarded college-sponsored Merit Scholar­ships this year, the Na­tion­al Merit Schol­arship Corp. announced Wednes­day.

This is the third round of Merit recipients; the organization awarded its corporate-sponsored awards April 24 and the $2,500 recipients May 8.

The local winners are:

• Golda Minhy Nguyen of John S. Da­vidson Fine Arts Mag­net School, who will attend Georgia Tech to study engineering.

• Andrea N. Esselman of South Aiken High School, who will attend the Univer­sity of South Carolina to study broadcast journalism.

The college-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution providing the scholarship, according to a news release. A second group of scholars will be announced in July, bringing the number of 2013 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients to 4,500.

Recipients enter the competition as juniors when they take the Pre­liminary SAT and Nation­al Merit Scholarship Qua­li­fying Test. The students with the highest scores move to the finalist round based on an essay, extra­curricular activities and leadership.

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