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Newport News Student Named Ron Brown Scholar for 2012
(June 1, 2012) - Christopher Middleton, a senior at Warwick High School, has been named a Ron Brown Scholar for 2012. Middleton, who plans to attend Stanford University, is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate and is ranked sixth in his class, with a grade point average of 4.46. Middleton, who also won a National Achievement scholarship, is a member of Warwick’s National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He excels in forensics and debate and is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Commission.
Named for the late secretary of commerce, the Ron Brown Scholar Program was established in 1996 to provide academic scholarships, service opportunities and leadership experiences for young African-Americans of promise. Brown, who served in the Clinton administration, was killed in a plane crash in Croatia.
The program provides scholars with $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) that may be used at the college or university of their choice. Scholars also are provided with the guidance and mentorship to succeed and flourish in college and beyond.Ron Brown Scholar applicants participate in a highly competitive selection process against thousands of other qualified candidates, culminating in an invitation to spend a weekend in Washington, D.C., for a final round of interviews. Of the more than 6,000 applicants this year, only 14 students received the honor. Middleton is the first NNPS student to earn the distinction and the only Virginian among this year’s recipients.