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Discovery Academy's National Merit Scholar
Discovery Academy's National Merit Scholar
Posted on 06/08/2018
Michael Byrd is one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees selected from around the country.Communications Department

A student from Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy's first class of graduating seniors is among an elite group of scholarship winners this year. Michael Byrd is one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees selected from around the country.

“Being a National Merit Scholar is a gift that I am forever grateful for,” Byrd said. “I am a first-generation college student, so my parents are having to learn everything about the college process with me, and being named a National Merit Scholar has given us the validation that we have done something right.”

National Merit $2,500 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.

Byrd talks to a Discovery Academy instructor.“All I can say about Michael is that he is a phenomenal student,” said Principal Nathan Allison. “The faculty, staff, and students here at the Discovery Academy are so proud of his accomplishment.”

Byrd was 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, 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.

“The financial award is so important to me, as I will be able to focus more on my education,” Byrd said. “Overall, I am just thankful for the support that comes with the National Merit Scholarship, because it is helpful to have a safety net.”

Byrd graduates with his fellow seniors this Sunday at UNC-Asheville. He’ll attend UNC-Chapel Hill next year and will double major in Environmental Science and Global Studies.
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