The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees gave special recognition to the 2016-2017 Conroe ISD National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and National Hispanic Recognition Recipients at their meeting on Tuesday.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5 million entrants. Around 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores will qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalist. To ensure that academically able young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. In February 2013, approximately 15,000 semifinalists will be notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist level.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors nearly 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from approximately 235,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.
Conroe ISD Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are:
- The Woodlands College Park – Ryan Bailey, Kristen Bohnet, Meleah Caron, Andrew Daugherty, Nivva Emmi, Vidisha Ganesh, Zachary Hill, Meriel Kelly, Sebastian Lungu, Austin Nutt, Jake Paufler, Kaila Prochaska, Franklin Shi, Evelyn Tran, Brunon Walczak, Jessica Zhang
- The Woodlands High School – Federico Aquique, Thomas Benavides, Scott Curtis, Jack Herdejurgen, Casey Irwin, Nicholas Monks, Michael Purcell, Carlos Ruffo, Nivedhitha Selvaraj, Mohit Talwalker, Ian Tudor
The National Hispanic Recognition Program recipients are:
- Conroe High School – Yasmeen Santana, Cesar Martinez, Israel Lopez, Jacob Posten
- Oak Ridge High School – Alexis Wert, Alexis McAlister
- The Woodlands College Park High School – Andrea Santa Cruz, Noah Tatman, Daniel Duran, Kyle Smith, Daniela Rodriguez Tirad, Micah Gonzalez, Lindsey Collado, Zivan Vasquez, Juliana Steward, Julian Calderon-Espino
- The Woodlands High School – Tomas Acin Chediex, Zakaria Almughrabi, Pablo Alvarado, Federico Aquique, Matthew Aschenbrenner, Thomas Benavides, Jay Bhatt, Daniela Braniff, Gabriel Carbajal, Mariana Castillo, Alan Contreras Castillo, Hugh Cosculluela, Mallory Eatson, Victoria Faulkner, Alyssa Fuentes, Sebastian Garcia-Casas, Asa Graham, Jacob Grimm, Franciesca Guerrero Jurado, Palmer Johnson, Loreno Maldonado, Aidan McQuaide, Nicholas Monks, Mauricio Montes, Broderick Moore, Nicole Soriano, Kirhyn Stein, Joseph Tombari, Andre Turati, Andrea Vanags-Louredo, Gavin Webster
Mr. James Kacur, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, introduced the extraordinary scholars. Trustee Mrs. Melanie Bush presented each student in attendance with a certificate.
In her remarks to the students, Mrs. Bush stated, “This is an incredible testimony to your hard work.” Quoting Abigail Adams she continued, “Learning is not obtained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. The dedication and hard work you have shown will serve you well throughout your life. We are very proud of you.”