Nadia Love, a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, is the winner of a $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition designed to provide recognition for outstanding African-American high school students, according to the program’s website. To qualify, the students must have taken the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In addition, the student must turn in a teacher recommendation, a transcript of their grades, and write an essay.
Nadia said that she wrote on overcoming the challenge of having to focus more on schoolwork as she took on more challenging classes, including three Advanced Placement classes. Among them was a calculus class that she said was challenging.
"Calculus was something where I needed extra help and I had to work at it," Nadia said. "It was a personal growth type of thing that I experienced."
Nadia said that she credited her teachers at PMSA, particularly Mr. Robert Markus, a PMSA English teacher, with helping her to be prepared for the tests and life beyond high school.
"He helped us study the vocabulary words we needed," Nadia said. "He helped me to prepare."
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Nadia is an embodiment of the students at PMSA.
"Nadia epitomizes the high level of quality and performance that students at PMSA are exposed to daily," she said. "We are so proud of her accomplishments and expect to see and hear great things from her in the future."
Nadia, who played volleyball for Proviso East and participates in the Class of 2015 club at PMSA, said that she plans to study athletic training at either the University of Alabama or Michigan State University, with plans of becoming a sports therapist.