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Osorio earns NASP honor

Nicole Osorio, left, a Farragut High School senior, was among the 3,100 African- American students in the Untied States recognized this year in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

“[The award] is through the National Scholars program. I am African-American and I scored in the top four percent out of more than 150,000 black students on the P-S-A-T my junior year. It is not a scholarship award, but they recommend me to certain colleges,” Nicole said.

Tamara Rosner, coordinator of National Achievement Program operations, said, “The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor promising African American high school students. The annual competition is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which also conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program that is open to all U.S. high school students.

Nicole, who takes all honors and Advanced Placement classes at FHS, said she plans to pursue a career in medicine. Having already received an acceptance letter from The University of Tennessee, she is waiting to hear from her other two choices, the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University before she makes her final college decision.

Nicole is active in the arts at FHS.

“I am in our school’s ensemble, the most advanced choir. I also participate in drama,” she said.

Nicole believes in helping those less fortunate than she, spending a good part of her free time tutoring inner city children.

“Outside of school I volunteer at SOAR Youth Ministries,” she said.

“It is a non-profit tutoring facility and I work with the inner city kids there in Lonsdale. I love doing that.”

“My youth minister first brought it up to me. I have friends who live in the inner city and they just do not have the opportunities that I have here. Especially in the area that I work in. A lot of the kids are from single-mother homes or their mothers are abused and they just do not have as many opportunities as I have, or people in Farragut have. It is just me wanting to help them,” she added.

Nicole said she plans to continue to work with inner city children after college.

“My mom wants me to do something in the medical field, but as a fallback, or just as something to do on the side, I want to work with inner city kids. One of my plans, if I pursue the medical path, is I want to open a nonprofit clinic in the inner city and work with children because I love working with children,” she said.


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