Winton Woods High School class of 2021 Valedictorian Nicolantonio Prentosito can add National Merit Scholar to the list of titles he has earned so far. When asked what it meant to him when he heard the news, he replied, “It means my hard work paid off.” It definitely did as Prentosito was selected amongst the nation’s top one percent of seniors. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, approximately 1.5 million juniors are entered based on their PSAT scores and selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and abilities.
Prentosito began his journey at Winton Woods City Schools in kindergarten and has since collected a number of outstanding honors and awards including placing second at the regional spelling bee in eighth grade, receiving first place in state at the Math Kangaroo National Mathematics contest as a sophomore, and receiving high honor roll all four years of high school. Amongst his peers, teachers, and staff, he has always been known to take advantage of academic and extracurricular opportunities and excel. During his senior year, he was a member of the Winton Woods academic quiz bowl, varsity bowling team, national honor society, theater, golf, varsity ensemble, marching band, and several other organizations, while maintaining a 4.62 weighted GPA. At 11 years old, he became the youngest student to attend Miami University where he earned 73 college credits and received his associate in arts degree in natural science and mathematics summa cum laude. When asked what his greatest achievement was, he did not mention an award but the non-profit mentoring program he founded and is operating called “Scholar Power” that helps students succeed academically through informative workshops and PSAT study sessions.
In the fall, Prentosito plans to attend the University of Mississippi's Honors College, double majoring in computer science and public policy leadership, with a minor in music. After college, he plans to attend law school to counter injustice and bring about meaningful change as a civil rights attorney. During his commencement speech as valedictorian, he took time to thank his mother, father, grandparents, sister, and a list of Winton Woods teachers and staff, who have helped him and had the greatest impact on his life.
Winton Woods Valedictorian Nicolantonio Prentosito giving his speech at the class of 2021 commencement ceremony at Xavier University. Photo by Drew Jackson.