Paint Branch Alum Latest National Merit Scholar
Benedict J. Wills will receive a scholarship from the University of Maryland.
Benedict J. Willis, part of Paint Branch High's class of 2012, is one of 20 students from Montgomery County Public Schools to be awarded National Merit scholarships in the last round of the competition, MCPS announced.
This round of scholarships are sponsored by participating colleges and universities. Previous rounds of the competition were sponsored by corporations or by schools.
In total, 81 students from MCPS were awarded either National Merit or National Achievement awards, the school system said. Both awards acknowledge academic achievement; Achievement awards are specifically for African-American students.
MCPS students represent more than one-third of all Merit or Achievement scholars in Maryland, MCPS said.
The following students were awarded scholarships this round:
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School: Catherina L. Leipold, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, journalism
Montgomery Blair High School: Alla Avakova, Northeastern University, neuroscience; Shiv R. Kaul, University of Maryland, electrical engineering; Andrew Weixin Lu, Boston University, engineering; Mengdhi Shi, Rice University, economics
Winston Churchill High School: Joshua D. Preuss, University of Maryland, mechanical engineering
Walter Johnson High School: Omar S. Agha, The University of Chicago, economics
Richard Montgomery High School: Elizabeth C. Axley, University of Maryland, anthropology; Daniel Galitsky, University of Maryland, economics/business; David C. Hamilton, American University, film; Jesse M. Itskowitz, Northwestern University, film; Gabriel J. Lazarus, Vanderbilt University, law; Jiaqi Li, University of Maryland; Lucia Lu, The University of Chicago, publishing; Yumeng Wang, University of Maryland, social science
Paint Branch High School: Benedict J. Wills, University of Maryland, accounting
Poolesville High School: Beidi Luo, University of Maryland, accounting
Walt Whitman High School: Elizabeth N. Bartlett, Vanderbilt University, music
Thomas S. Wootton High School: Alice Jenlin Chang, The University of Chicago, economics; Catherine Ji, University of Southern California, engineering