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Elementary and Primary Education
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 www.houstonisd.org.




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