Northside students achieve national recognition

February 24, 2012

Northside ISD students continue to excel. Below are students who have been named National Merit Semifinalists, National Merit Commended Students, National Hispanic Scholars, or National Achievement Scholar semifinalists.


National Merit Scholar Semifinalists
Nine Northside School District students were named semifinalists and 42 as commended students in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists will now compete for 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth over $35 million. The nationwide pool of semifinalists includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. 
The National Merit semifinalists are: Jason Hutzler, Clark High School; Kathleen Winters, Samatha Lin, Allison McCormick, Brandyn Vickers, Fengwei Xu, and Eric Yu, Health Careers High School; Melanie Zook, Marshall High School; and Zachary Cozzi, O'Connor High School. 
Although not advancing to the next level, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition. National Merit Scholar Commended students are: Michael Anderson, Brennan Loy, Gang Peng, and Megan Smith, Brandeis High School; Holly Judkins, Business Careers HS; Kendall Embs, Austen Hall, Hannah McFarren, Cleo Miele, Erika Parsons, Chase Pembroke, Samantha Phillip, Jessica Pirkl, Darren Sanchez, and Ke Sun, Clark High School; Elyse Flores, Madison Bolin, Alexa McKaig, and Spender Solomon, Communications Arts High School; Ashely Calvillo, Megan Chin, Jacob Hakim, Zachary Krimbill, Victor Le, Smridhi Mahajan, William McDonough, Sae Oh, Amanda Rigby, Jessica Solis, Zane Urbanski, and Grace Wang, Health Careers High School; Kate Sabey and Sharjeel Syed, Jay High School; Matthew Crader, Ethan Dirks, and Delia Morris, Marshall High School; Zoe Blokzyl, John Freeman, Alexandra Jones-LaFont, Yun Liang, and John Van Hove, O'Connor High School; and Brett Beatty, Warren High School. 

National Hispanic Scholars 
Northside boasts 54 individuals who have been named scholar finalists in the 2011-2012 National Hispanic Recognition Program. The National Hispanic Recognition Program is a College Board program that identifies academically well-prepared Hispanic high school seniors for post-secondary institutions. 
Northside's National Hispanic Recognition Program finalists are: Krysta-Lynn Amezcua, Michael Anderson, Katrina Cruz, Stephen Findeisen, Christopher Findeisen, Alexandra Gonzalez, Montana Riojas, and Justin Salinas, Brandeis High School; Destinee Reyes and Carlos Salas, Business Careers HS; Ryan Gourley, Kevin Islam, Rodolfo Lozano, William Miles, Orlea Miller, Mark Pena, Darren Sanchez, Diandra Sanchez, and Dustin Wright, Clark High School; Aaron Keeth, Isaih Ketchum, Katharine Poludniak, Matthew Trevino, Marissa Chabera, Julian Diaz, Elyse Flores, Paola Flores, and Gina Hinojosa, Communications Arts High School; Chelsea Canizales, Maia Castillo, Sabrina Pysarenko, Ryan Schaefer, Jessica Solis, Claudina Tami, Kathleen Winters, and Dominique Zuniga, Health Careers High School; and Matthew Cerbin, Marissa Fortunato, Alexis Rodriguez, and Anthony Sanchez, Jay High School; and Christian Alvarado and Crystal Reyna, Holmes HS. 
Also, Robert Akeroyd, Rachel Garza, Adrian Martinez, Ryan Ruth, and Daniel Vidales, Marshall High School; Christopher Gonzales, and Elaina Olmo, O'Connor High School; Morgan Bartnick, Nicole Garza, and Sofia Hebert, Taft High School; and Angela Arroyo, Anicia Arredondo-Guerrero, Rosario Espinoza, and Ariel Penny, Warren High School. 
National Achievement Scholar semifinalists 
Four NISD students have been named National Achievement Scholar semifinalists. They are among 1,500 high school seniors named semifinalists in the 47th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for African American high school students. Semifinalists were designated on a regional representation basis and are the highest-scoring entrants in the states that make up their geographic region. The semifinalists are: Nia Anderson, Business Careers HS; Savannah Hampton and Carter Josephs, Clark High School; and Caleb Green, O'Connor High School.