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Ocean Star
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Thursday, September 22, 2011

HISD Students among Semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship


Fifty-four seniors from six different HISD high schools are among the semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program.  These students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for more than 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.


“We are extremely proud of these students and their academic accomplishments.  To be selected as a semifinalist for this prestigious and highly competitive scholarship program is an honor,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.  “This goes to show our students are academically prepared to compete against students nationwide.”


To apply for this scholarship program, about 1.5 million high school juniors took the 2010 Preliminary SAT test.  The nationwide pool of semifinalists, about 16,000 students, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.


To become a finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their principal, and earn high SAT scores to confirm the student’s earlier performance in the Preliminary SAT test.


The selected semifinalist students are from the following HISD high schools:  Carnegie Vanguard High School, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Lamar High School, Westside High School, Debakey High School for Health Professions and Bellaire High School.


The 2012 National Merit Scholarship Winners will be announced starting in April 2012.


National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists


Carnegie Vanguard High School


Jonas A. Actor


Yihui Yang


High School for the Performing and Visual Arts


Nina E. Sandberg


Spencer Z. Shen


Lamar High School


Hayder Ali


Noah Morrison


Lavanya P. Sunder


Westside High School                                                                                                           


Lenzi C. Daniel


Debakey High School for Health Professions


Muhammad A. Jalal


Adriana N. Pantazis


Victor S. Prieto


Van Tran


Teresa W. Tse


Jincy Varughese


Frederick D. Vu


Lawrence Y. Zhu


Bellaire High School


Olivia C Arena


Mark S. Bruce


Steven P. Chao


Brendan Chou


Evelyn E. Craigen


Erin A. DeLong


Dana M. Felberg


Connie L. Feng


Kevin T. George


Alexandra T. Gibner


Meghana Golla


Steven B. Hester


Weiting Ji


Amy W. Jiang


Sneha V. Joshi


Bo S. Kim


Jin S. Kim


Joseph S. Lewis


Carrie J. Li


Natalia I. Majewska


Janice G. Maliakkal


Denes Marton


Ankeet Mutha


Jack Ogden


Sarah L. Orsak


Kikelomo Otutuloro


Angeline A. Rodriguez


Mitchell A. Sawyer


Gil H. Shaulsky


Vincent P. Su


Regan Wang


David M. Williams


John C. Williams


Bethany S. Wong


Daniel A. Yun


Ni Zhan


Elizabeth R. Zhang


Zhongmin Zhang


The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 281 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.


For more information, visit the HISD Web site at

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