8 from area are N.C. State Park Scholars

Eight students from the Charlotte region are among 41 high school seniors named Park Scholars at North Carolina State University.

The winners were selected by a panel of aluymni, faculty and others from about 1,700 candidates.

The scholarships, named for the late Roy H. Park, a 1931 N.C. State graduate who created the charitable Park Foundation, pay the full cost of a four-year education at the university. They also provide enrichment activities such as undergraduate research and study abroad.

The eight area winners include four students from Mecklenburg County, three from Gaston County, and one from Watauga County.

This year’s winners from the area:

Deirdre Clare An, Cato Middle College in Charlotte; daughter of Miao Qin and Michael An.

Chandler Joseph Kay, Gastonia Ashbrook High School; son of Jenifer and John Kay.

Jonathan Joseph McKenzie, South Mecklenburg High; son of Cindy and Greg McKenzie.

Jeremy Nortei Nortey, a Gastonia resident who attends N.C. School of Science and Mathematics; son of Julienne and Thomas Nortey.

Richa Vinay Patel, Mallard Creek High; daughter of Chetna and Vinay Patel.

Shraddha Rathod, Charlotte resident who attends N.C. School of Science and Mathematics; daughter of Jayshree and Nitesh Rathod.

Spencer Louis Schlenker, Watauga High; son of Lynn and Erich Schlenker.

Kathryn Nicole Scruggs, Belmont South Point High; daughter of Jeanette and Don Scruggs.

Profiles on the Park Scholars can be found online.