Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Nadia Mokhallalati Awarded National Merit Scholarship

Owen J. Roberts High School senior, Nadia M. Mokhallalati, was selected as a National Merit Scholarship winner. The national honor is given to only 2,500 students nationwide. Winners are selected from an already elite pool of about 15,000 National Merit Finalists.

Nadia, who plans to go into international law, was such an asset to and founder of the Mock Trial Team at Owen J. Roberts High School. The Mock Trial Team nearly made it to the state rounds this year, in its first in the Pennsylvania Mock Trial Competition. In addition to her role on the mock trial team, Nadia was highly involved in student government and Ambassadors Club. She teaches world language in the elementary after school program, was a member of the debate club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society. She is on the executive committee for the Amana Foundation is a member of the Narenj Tree Foundation. 
Nadia (center) at a Mock Trial practice
The selection process for National Merit Scholarship began when the roughly 1.6 million high school juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the PSAT in 2017 were automatically entered into the competition. Owen J. Roberts High School students Ahmed Alveed, Daniel Duffy and Nadia Mokhallalati were named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. Semifinalists then had to complete a detailed scholarship application, including an essay, information on leadership and extracurricular activities, and more. 

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. The awards are related to, but separate from, the Corporate National Merit Scholarships announced in mid-April. About 7,600 students received a scholarship of some kind from the program.

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