MAGNOLIA, Ark. – One Arkansas girl is holding her head a little higher these days for being named the first in the state to be awarded both the National Merit Scholarship and National Hispanic Scholar award.
Mariah Guevara, a student at Magnolia High School, was selected as the finalist from a pool of nearly 15,000 students from across the country.
“I don’t think there’s really anything that makes me so incredibly different than everybody else,” says Guevara. “I play sports, I hang out with my friends after school, I dread calculus tests.”
Guevara plans to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island this fall – where she also received a full ride for all four years of attendance.
“I am excited for the new opportunity,” explains Guevara. “I know what I want and when I put my mind to it nothing can stop me.”
Guevara says everyone has the power to live out their dreams as long as they want it bad enough.
She is this year’s valedictorian for her high school.
“My mom has this funny story as a child where I asked her what do you call the smartest person in your class,” says Guevara. “I told her that was what I was going to be.”
Guevara was also offered scholarships from seven other Ivy League schools and also Duke University.
She plans on studying Biomedical Engineering.