The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Announces the Recipients of the NSHSS-DECA Entrepreneurial Scholar Award

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Three $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to high school students. The NSHSS and DECA Entrepreneurial Scholar Award will help students as they move forward in their academic careers.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment, announces today the recipients of the NSHSS-DECA Entrepreneurial Scholar Awards. Three $1,000 scholarship have been awarded to high school students who are members of both NSHSS and DECA, and who intend to pursue a college major in marketing, finance, hospitality or business.

NSHSS and DECA share a vision to support students in achieving their academic and professional development goals. A key attribute of both NSHSS and DECA scholars is diversity of culture, ethnicity, religion and thought. Both organizations support strong academics and aspire to prepare young leaders and entrepreneurs for their future careers.

The NSHSS-DECA Entrepreneurial Scholar Awards will be presented to scholars at the DECA International Career Conference, April 23 through April 26, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The 2016 NSHSS-DECA Entrepreneurial Scholar Award Winners are:

Reilly Collins
Freedom Area High School
Freedom, Pa.

Nicole Maestri
Hardin Valley Academy
Knoxville, Tenn.

Anna Qi
McNeil High School
Austin, Texas

“NSHSS is proud to partner with DECA to recognize the academic achievements of these outstanding students,” said James W. Lewis, president of NSHSS. “It is our honor to help students, like Reilly, Nicole and Anna, prepare for college and meaningful careers. With our lifetime membership, NSHSS is able to provide students with unique opportunities while they are in high school and college, as well as starting their professional careers.”

“One of DECA's most important student learning outcomes is that our students are academically prepared to succeed in college and careers,” stated John Fistolera, assistant executive director, corporate and external affairs of DECA. “The NSHSS-DECA scholarship validates our students' academic achievement and empowers them to continue their career path education in college.”

About the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS):

Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and helps to advance the goals and aspirations of high-achieving millennials through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study and peer networks. NSHSS members become lifetime members. At each step along the way – from high school to college to career – NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Currently, there are more than 1,000,000 Society members in 160 countries. To help us further efforts that provide students with continued opportunity, please acknowledge NSHSS in any press release mentions by providing a resource link to For more information about NSHSS visit

About DECA:

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. For more information about DECA, please visit our website and to see the conversation from this year’s conference follow #DECAICDC on Twitter.

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