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NN students named Gates Millenium Scholars

(06/04/2015) -Shane Arceo and Lauren Prox, graduating seniors at Denbigh High School, have been selected as 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars. Arceo and Prox are among 1,000 students from across the country selected to receive the prestigious scholarship which pays for the cost of tuition at the college or university of the scholar's choice through graduation.

To earn a scholarship, high school seniors participate in a lengthy and competitive application process. Honorees are selected based on a review of their academic records, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

Arceo excelled in honors courses prior to continuing his education at Thomas Nelson Community College through the school division's Early College program, which gives NNPS students the opportunity to earn up to 19 college credits by the time they graduate from high school. He served as captain and starting shortstop of Denbigh' s baseball team this past school year. Arceo also volunteered at several youth baseball camps. He is ranked number six in his class and plans to attend Hampden-Sydney College in the fall.

Prox has excelled in honors and Advanced Placement classes while attending Denbigh High's Aviation Academy. She was named her school's salutatorian in the spring. Prox's leadership and extracurricular activities are noteworthy. In addition to serving on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee on Education and interning at NASA, she earned the Girl Scout Gold Award with a project aimed at getting more minorities and girls interested in aviation and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Prox will attend Christopher Newport University.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. Scholars receive personal and professional development through the program's leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.