Wheaton North student awarded scholarship from National Society of High School Scholars

Wheaton North High School student Melanie Jones recently was awarded the NSHSS Foundation Communicorp See What's More Scholarship by the National Society of High School Scholars.

This scholarship recognizes graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in their schools and communities, and who strive to do more and to be more. Of the hundreds of applications, Melanie was one of nine students who were selected to each be awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

Melanie has spent most of her high school career finding ways to create spaces that open conversations about race. She has grown as a leader, activist, and student by putting herself in a position that promotes inclusivity. She wants to use her experiences to continue to be more and connect with people through journalism by exploring the importance of truth.

Melanie says, "Pursuing higher education gives me the opportunity to create connections, and one thing that connects people is the truth. Regardless of culture, race, and language, people always need the truth. I want a better understanding of how people consume media, the different ways that people read and understand the news, and how that can impact reporting. I want to help people to understand more, listen more, be more than what's expected, while always reminding myself that I am more than enough."

The National Society of High School Scholars is an international honors and scholarship program co-founded by Claes Nobel and James Lewis. It offers a lifetime of benefits, pairing the highest performing students worldwide with high school and college scholarships, events, connections, internships, and career opportunities that begin in high school and carry on through college and careers. For more information, visit

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