Nancy Patel, a senior at North Royalton High School, has been named National Merit Finalist in the 67th National Merit Scholarship Program.
Patel will receive corporate-sponsored awards that are financed by corporations, foundations and other organizations. These awards can be renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study and range from $1,000 to $10,000/year. Students and a high school official submitted a scholarship application, including academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards.
Patel is planning on majoring in economics at Washington University in St. Louis. She resides in North Royalton.
“Nancy is an excellent student who takes pride in everything she does,” said Principal Sean Osborne, North Royalton High School. “Nancy is ready to take on the world and will most definitely find great success!”
Nancy was also selected as the school’s Phi Beta Kappa honor recipient. Phi Beta Kappa is the Nation’s Oldest Academic Honor Society. It was founded in 1776, and ever since, it has honored the scholastic and intellectual achievements of students. The Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa has extended this honor to outstanding high school students in our area, and has allowed our high school faculty to select a student to represent North Royalton High School.
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School senior Jadon Gamboa has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship. Jadon’s guidance counselor said that “in my 17 years as a school counselor, this will be the hardest recommendation to write to date because Jadon is so truly amazing it’s hard to put into words.”
Through Jadon’s success in his rigorous academic coursework, he has earned a 4.4 GPA and numerous accolades through his multiple AP classes. Jadon also holds numerous leadership positions at BBHHS, including 2022 Class President, Student Council Executive Board President, Marching Band Vice President, and more.
Jadon’s successes even extend to his extracurriculars – he is ranked third and fourth in the nation in his category for Speech and Debate; he is a part of BBHHS’ honor bands and is section leader of the alto-saxophones; and is involved in many more extracurriculars including Chinese Club, HUDDLE, and National Honors Society.
Throughout the school, Jadon is a positive impact both on his peers and teachers, as his guidance counselors says, “with a heart filled with service, Jadon uses his intellectual gifts and talents to help others…through personal interactions and observations of exchanges with his peers, I can tell you that Jadon truly puts others before self and does positively impact all of those that are fortunate enough to interact with him.”
A total of 46 public and private high schools within BBB’s five-county service area participated by selecting their own Student of Integrity who, in turn, submitted an essay to the BBB.
“Our Students of Integrity Awards program emphasizes the importance of character-building and ethics in all aspects of one’s life. We’re proud to recognize such deserving students who work to make their schools and communities better,” said Sue McConnell, president of BBB.