WARREN, NJ - ​Three members of Watchung Hills Regional High School’s Class of 2014 have been designated as National Merit Scholars on the basis of their achievement in the 59th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Nicholas Akrawi, Alexander Rucker and Albert Zeng, all residents of Warren Township. (A fourth Scholar has subsequently moved out of the Hills district.)

​The youth were among some 16,000 students, out of some 1.5 million  Class of 2014 students nationwide who took the exams last fall to have achieved this goal. Other criteria (relating to such factors as leadership, service and community activity) are also measured in designating Merit Scholars. The final number of Merit honorees is closer to 15,000, with the number from each state differing according to the percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors in that state
The scholarship funds are donated by the National Merit Scholarship Program and by corporations and business organizations.
​Rucker and Akrawi will both attend Cornell University; Rucker will major in engineering, and Akrawi will specialize in English. Zen will major in international political economics at Georgetown University.