New Albany News

Koranteng named National Achievement Scholar


Exceptional students come along every now and then, and senior Ama Koranteng is one of those students, said Mark White, interim principal of New Albany High School.

"She has to be one of the finest students I've ever encountered in my career," White said.

Koranteng recently was chosen as a National Achievement Scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

About 1.5 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The National Achievement Scholar Program is based on the PSAT and recognizes outstanding black American high school students.

About 160,000 students who enter the National Achievement competition each year and about 1,600 -- 1 percent -- are named semifinalists, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Koranteng, 17, also was one of 35 female high school students in the nation and one of two in Ohio to receive the 2014 National Aspirations in Computing award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Koranteng, along with Ashmi Patel and Harrine Ramesh, organize FIONA, Future Innovators of New Albany, a club for high school and middle school girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math classes founded in 2012 by New Albany High School graduate Katherine Miller.

The club received $5,000 earlier this year from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Koranteng said she is interested in studying mechanical or chemical engineering at a college or university on the West Coast or East Coast.

White said Koranteng has a "tremendous future ahead of her."