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New Hanover High School Student Recipient of the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship

New Hanover High School senior, Patrick Peoples, was recently named among the approximately 800 outstanding African American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship® awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. As a winner, Patrick will receive a single-payment of $2500 in scholarship money.

More than 160,000 students entered the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition when they took the 2012 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®) as high school juniors. In September 2013, 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 from their high school; earning sat® scores that confirmed their psat/nmsqt performance; and writing an essay. Patrick and the other Achievement Scholar awardees were judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

Peoples recognized for other accomplishments

Patrick was one of two New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) students to receive the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has an interest in studying English, Law, Journalism and Politics.

In addition to his scholarships, Patrick has been accepted to Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, The Wharton School of the University at Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago.

Patrick was recently a speaker at Wilmington’s commemorative celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.


Posted: 04/10/2014