CS Major, Christie Brandt is a 2010 Merrill Presidential Scholars Award winner. Merrill Presidential Scholars are graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, strong leadership ability and potential for contributing to society. Each spring semester, 35 scholars, representing approximately 1 percent of the graduating class, are named to receive this honor by the deans of each of Cornell's seven undergraduate colleges. Each Merrill scholar, in turn, recognizes a high school teacher who most inspired his or her scholastic development, as well as a Cornell faculty member who most significantly contributed to his or her college education and experience.