Ayan Ahmed of Scotch Plains Earns “Outstanding Participant” Recognition

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Ayan Ahmed of Scotch Plains, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, receives her certificate from Susan Swenson of Plainfield, the school’s college counselor, outside the College Counseling Office (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

Ayan Ahmed of Scotch Plains, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, receives her certificate from Susan Swenson of Plainfield, the school’s college counselor, outside the College Counseling Office (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

SCOTCH PLAINS — Ayan Ahmed of Scotch Plains, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, has earned the status of Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Ahmed received her certificate of recognition at morning meeting on Oct. 3.

Ahmed is one of 3,100 Outstanding Participants in this program. These students scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2014 National Achievement Program when they took the PSAT. A roster of those students’ names, schools and tentative college major choices is being sent to about 1,500 colleges and universities.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school students. The annual scholarship competition is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which also conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program that is open to all U.S. high school students.


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