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Four North Broward Preparatory School Students Named Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program

20 February 2018

Four students from North Broward Preparatory School have been named finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program 

  • 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists

We are so excited to announce that four students from North Broward Preparatory School (NBPS) have been named finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program including: Benjamin Curtis, Carlee Goldberg, Olga Kiyan and Kenneth Lee.

Benjamin Curtis

Benjamin is a contributor to the NBPS student publication, Brainwash and a member of the school band. In addition, he is a broadcaster and commentator for school sporting events over the NBPS online streaming channel.

When asked about becoming a finalist, Benjamin said, “I’m extremely honored to be named a National Merit semifinalist. I know that I have worked very hard during my career at North Broward, and it's gratifying to see it paid off in the form of this National Merit Finalist recognition.”

Benjamin plans to attend University of Maryland, University of North Carolina or Northwestern University and pursue a degree in journalism.

Carlee Goldberg

Carlee is an active student and member of the National Honor Society, debate and Politics Club.

Carlee says, “I am honored to be selected as a National Merit Finalist. For the past 4 years, I've worked above and beyond both in the realm of academia and in extracurricular activities and to be recognized for that hard work feels amazing. “

Carlee is still deciding what where she will attend college but plans on pursuing a double degree in political science and history, with the goal of one day becoming a constitutional lawyer and serving as a judge. 

Olga Kiyan

Olga is very active in the student publication Brainwash as a writer since her freshman year at NBP and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In addition, she is involved in several honor societies including Science, Rho Kappa and Dance. She is also the treasurer of the National Honor Society and has been member of the Ronald McDonald House Club since her freshmen year.

“Senior year has been a busy one, but it has also been the year where we all finally get to see where our work in high school has brought us,” says Olga. “Being selected as Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program is one of those rewarding things, and it is even more special to share this moment with the other finalists who I am lucky to call my friends. I am beyond grateful for all of the amazing opportunities that have come my way this year, and for all of the people who have helped me get where I am today. “

Olga will attend Harvard University this fall and is considering studies in economics and international relations.

Kenneth Lee

Kenneth’s passion is the Orchestra and he has spent his four years at NBPS playing with and helping the orchestra program both in and out of school. He has also participated in a variety of school clubs.

“I feel honored to be selected as a Merit Scholar finalist,” Kenneth remarks. It feels great to know that my hard work has been rewarded with such a prestigious award.”

Kenneth says he does not have his whole life planned out yet, but knows that his first step will be to attend college and find a major that he is genuinely interested in. Kenneth has been accepted into the University of Florida Honors College, but is awaiting other decisions, and is determined to put his best effort forward no matter where he goes.

There are 15,000 students (out of the 16,000 semi-finalists) that have become Finalists, and the selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners is now in progress. In March, NMSC will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners at their home addresses.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is a competition that started in 1955. Beginning in March and going to June, NMSC lets around 7,500 finalists in the program know they've been selected for one of three levels of scholarships. Merit Scholarship awards are supported by around 420 different sponsors and the NMSC's own money.

Congratulations to each of this year’s finalist.

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