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MLK Magnet Jr. School Graduate Receives National Merit Scholarship

Alexander Davis to study electrical engineering

Nashville, Tenn. – June 11, 2018- Metro Nashville Public Schools announced today a student from Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School, Alexander C. Davis, has accepted a place in the Honors College of Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. receiving an annual Northeastern National Merit Scholarship.

“I worked hard and did my best and someone noticed my effort and nominated me,” said Alex Davis. “Eventually, hard work pays off.”

“I have seen Alex grow and develop into the wonderful young man he is today since he was in the fifth grade,” said Angela McShepard-Ray, principal of MLK Magnet H.S. “Alex is an outstanding student and an even better person. We are proud of him!”

Davis graduated from MLK Jr. School with State Distinction. He is a Member of both the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, a member of the Society of High School Scholars. He earned an ACT score of 36.

The majority of National Merit Scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 410 independent corporate and college sponsors.

In a statement, Davis’ parents, Svetlana Davis and Steven Davis said, “We are extremely proud of his accomplishments and excited to see how much his college experience will help him grow. We believe Northeastern University is a perfect choice for his academic aspirations. Alex plans to explore the opportunities college offers and expand his perspective of the world with the hope he’ll find a career he’s passionate about.”


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