24 Charlotte-area students win National Merit awards

05/29/2014 12:18 PM

05/30/2014 9:57 AM

Twenty-four high school seniors from the Charlotte area have been named winners of college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships, according to the Illinois-based organization.

The group includes 11 Mecklenburg County students.

The local winners are among about 2,500 nationally to win the awards. The National Merit Scholarships Corporation previously announced scholarships winners on April 23 and May 7, and will announce a final group of winners on July 14.

Winners are chosen on the basis of their scores on the Preliminary SAT, along with academic records, leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities. In addition to the Mecklenburg winners, there were four students chosen from York County; three from Cabarrus County; two from Iredell and Union counties; and one from Rowan and Stanly counties.

The latest group of winners from the Charlotte area (with student’s hometown, high school, college of choice, and planned major):


• Michael Clark, Huntersville (Lake Norman Charter School), University of Central Florida, law.
• Evan Ector, Mint Hill (Charlotte Christian), University of Alabama, theater.
• Davis Michael Edwards Jr., Charlotte (Providence Day), Washington University (Mo.), biology.
• William Fuller IV, Charlotte (Myers Park High), Vanderbilt University, cardiology.
• Nathaniel Holderman, Charlotte (Myers Park High), University of Chicago, physics.
• Seok Jin Hong, Charlotte (Ardrey Kell High), Vanderbilt University, biochemistry.
• Jessica Lee, Pineville (N.C. School of Science and Mathematics), University of Chicago, law.
• Mengyao Li (Providence Day), Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), biomedical engineering.
• Casey McGuirt, Charlotte (Cato Middle College High), University of Alabama, actuarial science.
• Allison Roeth, Charlotte (South Mecklenburg High), University of Oklahoma, physics.
• Morgan Sammier, Charlotte (Lake Norman Charter School), University of Central Florida, medicine.


• Charles Hicks III, Kannapolis (N.C. School of Science and Mathematics), University of Alabama, architectural engineering.
• Allyson Randle, Concord (Cox Mill High), Clemson University, medicine.
• James Flynn Stahl, Concord (Northwest Cabarrus High), Fordham University, radiology.


• Ethan Poteat, Statesville (West Iredell High), University of Central Florida, health care.
• Aurora Taylor, Mooresville (Community School of Davidson), University of Chicago, computer science.


• Nicholas Greene, Salisbury (Salisbury High), University of South Carolina, business.


• Caroline Grace McLeod, Albemarle (Gray Stone Day School), University of South Carolina, biomedical engineering.


• Madeleine Fish, Waxhaw (Charlotte Latin), Washington University (Mo.), neuroscience.
• William Glenn Helms, Waxhaw (Weddington High), University of South Carolina, economics.


• Abigail Hines, York, S.C. (Clover High), Clemson University, bioengineering.
• Cormac Kelly, Rock Hill (S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Math), Clemson University, mechanical engineering.
• Nicole Randolph, Rock Hill (Northwestern High), University of Miami, media.
• Ethan Start, Rock Hill (Westminster Catawba School), University of South Carolina, pharmaceutical science.

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