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Eastside High School’s 2012 Valedictorian, Seth Kimbrell, has been named a National Merit Scholarship winner. In February 2012, Kimbrell was named one of only 15,000 finalists in the nation. Of that 15,000 Kimbrell was one of only 8,300 students chosen to receive the prestigious scholarship. In order to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NSMC) program, students must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and meet other program requirements.

According to the National Merit website, “all winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments–without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.”

Kimbrell’s award from National Merit Scholarship Corporation is in the form of a $2,000, 4-year renewable scholarship to Georgia Tech. Seth begins his freshman year at Georgia Tech later this week. Kimbrell also received the Zell Miller Scholarship to pay for full tuition. He plans on majoring in economics with a possible minor in mathematics.

“I was so excited when I learned I received the scholarship,” said Kimbrell. “Just to be considered was an honor. It’s fantastic to receive the scholarship to help pay for college expenses.”

“We are so proud and excited for Seth,” said Jeff Cher, Principal of Eastside High School. “Winning the National Merit Scholarship is certainly a prestigious award. Seth's academic accomplishments are only matched by his tremendous integrity and his outstanding character. We know that he will be successful in all of his future endeavors.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools at