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Thales Academy senior earns National Merit Scholarship

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ROLESVILLE — National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this year’s National Merit Scholarship winners, and a Thales Academy senior was one of the recipients.

Patrick McElligott, a senior at Thales Academy in Rolesville, was selected for the $2,500 scholarship. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. McElligott will attend Georgia Tech in the fall to study nuclear engineering.

National Merit Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

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