Northside students earn national recognition

February 1, 2013

Northside students continue to excel and receive numerous honors and awards. Below is the list of students who were named national merit semifinalists or commended scholars, scholar finalists in the 2012-13 National Hispanic Recognition Program, and National Achievement Scholar semifinalists.

National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars
Northside ISD students were named semifinalist in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalist will now compete for 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $32 million. The nationwide pool of semifinalist includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalist will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

National Merit semifinalists include: Ashley Dunn, Kaitlin Farley, Monica Li, and Caitlin Quinn, Communications Arts HS; Hayden Messamore, Mitchell Neuberger, Ruicheng Tong, and Justin Vogl, Clark HS; Yu Chen, Rahmi Elahjji, Elizabeth Godfrey, Mihalik Casey, and Wynne Zhang, Health Careers HS; Joseph Langas, Jay Science and Engineering Academy; and Anne Freeman, Robert Perce, and Adam Navara, O’Connor HS.

National Merit Commended students include: Kinley Johnson, Nadine Lagangan, Joanna Miller, Anurag Papineni, Alec Ramirez, Nicholas Ring, Callie Sisk, and Evan Bridges, Brandeis HS;  Molly Brothers, Dylan Davidson, David Fuentes, Bryson Hearne, Amanda Hildebrand, Kevin Holbrook, John Kliewer, Denise Murphy, Ashwin Ramanathan, Gabriel Reichman, Jamie Reinhard, and Virginia Scherer, Clark HS;  Alexis Antequera, Kalyan Botla, Brandy Collier, Angelina Iyinbor, Elizabeth Kerr, Jaswanth Kintada, Ariella Noorily, Hope Potter, Alexander Roman, and Ning Zhao, Health Careers HS; Daniel Krause and Samuel Lauber, Jay Science and Engineering Academy; Lena Hall, Brett Cox, and Rachel Robison, O’Connor HS.

National Hispanic Scholar Finalists
The National Hispanic Recognition Program is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievements of Hispanic high school seniors and identifies academically well-prepared Hispanic high school seniors for postsecondary institutions.

National Hispanic Scholar Finalists include:  Satchel Alvarado, Paula Canales, Mallorie Falcon, Gabriela Gutierrez, Jerzan Hanson, Kevin Holbrook, Kelly Holguin, Gabriel Maldonado, Joshua Mascorro, Alejandra Miles, Anya Pierce, and Leonor Zubillaga; Gabriela Flores, Beverly McCollough, Julia Mora, Sophia Mora, Alejandra Salazar, and Cameron Valadez, Communications Arts HS; Alexis Anteguera, Michael Gallegos, Aaron Garcia, Stefany Hernandez, Natalie Martinez, and Amanda Seales, Health Careers HS; Gregory Garcia, Joseph Hemann, Alexander Huddleston, Gideon Leija, and James Nasif, Jay Science and Engineering Academy; Allison Aguirre, Isaac Neaves, Mauricio Flores, Paul Ramirez, Sarah Santos, and Victoria Garcia, Marshall HS; Ann Benavidez, Clarissa Pompa, Emilia Squadrito, Jacqueline Scadron, Madeleine Lucas, Mikaela Hawk, Stefani Padron, and Megan Winfrey, O’Connor HS; Philip Graham, Stevens HS; and Samantha Frausto, Cassandra Lopez, and Evan Vera, Warren HS.

National Achievement Scholar semifinalists
National Achievement Scholar semifinalists are among 1,600 high school seniors named semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for African American high school students.

The National Achievement Scholar semifinalists are Jessica Spicer, Communications Arts HS; Angelina Iyinbor, Health Careers HS; Samuel Lauber, Jay Science and Engineering Academy; and Briana Bryson, Lena Hall, Destiny Matthews, and John Seastrunk, O’Connor HS.