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Three DoDEA Students Named Among 2018 National Merit Finalists

For Immediate Release — June 5, 2018 | HQ
: Public Affairs Officer | (571) 372-0604

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — June 5, 2018 — Three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were named among 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists this year by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

The three DoDEA National Merit Scholarship Finalists are:


• Justin B. Parvizi

• David S. Worthington


• Junajoy V. Frianeza, now a student at Kinnick HS in Japan.

Two of the three finalists have been awarded scholarships, and the third is waiting to be notified if a scholarship would be awarded.

Justin ParviziJustin Parvizi is interested in pursuing a degree in law or business. He plans to attend either Cornell University or the University of Florida. Parvizi said being named a National Merit Scholarship finalist is an honor and the highlight of his high school years.

David WorthingtonDavid Worthington is fluent in the German language and holds dual citizenship. He plans to attend the Kaiserslautern Technische Universitaet located in Kaiserslautern, Germany with the intent to major in quantum physics. Worthington said he is proud to know that he scored in a superior range and was competitive among his peers.

Frianeza, JunajoyJunajoy V. Frianeza plans to attend Pepperdine University and majoring in business administration under the Regents’ Scholars Program this fall. Frianeza said being a finalist is a great honor and this distinction underscores her continued dedication to her educational and extracurricular pursuits as well as her potential for greater achievement after high school. She thanked her teachers and faculty members that guided and supported her.

To become a National Merit Scholarship finalist, a student must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by the high school principal, and have taken the SAT.

The student finalists, who are all high school seniors, are eligible to compete for the National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, the Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships, and the additional College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. Some winners were announced, and other scholarship announcements will be made in June and July.

Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Since its founding,

NMSC has recognized over 3 million students and more than 423,000 scholarships worth over $1.7 billion.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.


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