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Elementary and Primary Education
Nine HISD Seniors Named National Merit Scholars
News Release
Friday, May 27, 2011

HISD now has 22 scholarship winners with one more announcement to come

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced it’s third of four rounds of National Merit Scholarships today and nine HISD seniors are on the list.

These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate
study at the institution financing the scholarship. Earlier this spring, 13 other HISD seniors were announced as National Merit Scholarship winners, bringing the total to 22. The HISD winners are:

Bellaire High School
Sara P. Balabanlilar – University of Houston - Probable career field: English Literature
Lin S. Boynton – University of Chicago - Probable career field: Biology
Adam J. Dyer – University of Houston - Probable career field: Writing
Matthew E. Michaelides – University of Chicago - Probable career field: Economics 

DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Sahifah Ansari – University of Houston - Probable career field: Medicine
Nancy C. Shenoi – University of Houston - Probable career field: Medicine 

Carnegie Vanguard High School
Priscilla G. Aceves – University of Houston - Probable career field: Entrepreneurship/Business Management 

Lamar High School
Daniel L. Rauch - Vanderbilt University - Probable career field: Engineering 

High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Margaret E. Winchell – Wheaton College - Probable career field: Education

About National Merit Scholarships
More than 1.5 million students in 22,000-plus U.S. high schools entered the competition when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Nearly 16,000 students made the semifinals and more than 15,000 advanced to the finalist level.  Each finalist has an outstanding academic record, was endorsed by his or her principal, earned qualifying SAT scores, and wrote personal essays.  They also had a strong combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.




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