A Lakeview Academy student was one of 2,500 students in the United States to be named recipients of the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.
Dhruv Gaur was chosen from among 15,000 national finalists. He is the only winner this year from Hall County and among more than 70 from Georgia chosen for the award.
The scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.
Gaur plans to attend Brown University, where he plans to major in public policy with a focus on health. He was also accepted to Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and the University of Georgia.
“Dhruv Gaur is highly deserving of this fine distinction; however, his character, drive and leadership make him the success he is,” said John Kennedy, head of school at Lakeview. “Dhruv will accomplish great things in the future.”
Kelsey Marcero, college counselor at Lakeview, also predicted success for Gaur.
“Dhruv is always looking for opportunities to step up his game, from his athletics to piano to academic competitions and research, he is always a mile ahead of where you would expect a high school student to be,” she said.
A Region 2 Star student, Gaur scored a perfect 1600 on his first attempt on the SAT and a perfect score of 5 on every Advanced Placement exam he has taken, according to DeAnna Browne, development officer at Lakeview.
His extracurricular activities included literary and academic bowl competitions, soccer, swimming, cross country, piano competitions, lab assistant in the biology and chemistry labs and student council. He also worked as a volunteer at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.