Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program are (from left) Abay Kassaa Tadesse, Nichelle Hall and Andrew Simon.

Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program are (from left) Abay Kassaa Tadesse, Nichelle Hall and Andrew Simon.

Three members of the Class of 2015 at Germantown Academy were named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The students are Nichelle Hall, Andrew Simon, and Abay-Kassaa Tadesse.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising African-American high school students. The scholarship competition is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which also conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program that is open to all U.S. high school students.

“Our three scholars have worked very hard to give their best selves to their academic and extracurricular lives at GA,” said Rich Schellhas, assistant head of school and head of Upper School at Germantown Academy. “They should be proud of their achievements. This recognition from the College Board is truly the icing on the cake for three terrific people whose contributions in the classroom distinguish them.”

The three GA seniors are just one of 3,100 Outstanding Participants. They scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 African-American students who requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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