Northside students achieve national recognition

January 15, 2014

Northside ISD students continue to excel and receive numerous honors and awards. Below are students who have been named National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Scholars, scholar finalists in the 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program, and National Achievement Scholar semifinalists.

National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars
Northside ISD students were named semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists will now compete for 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards, worth more than $32 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 about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

National Merit semifinalists include: Emma Boyer, Brandeis HS; Jack Carlisle, William Lewis, Jacqueline Mellin, and Stephen Rabke, Clark HS; Nicholas Walker, Communications Arts HS; Jett Anderson, Paarth Kapadia, Taylore Woodhouse, Cindy Wu, Andrew Yang, and Kevin Yu, Health Careers HS; Nicolas Deluna, Jay Science and Engineering Academy; and Taegan Howells, O’Connor HS. 

National Merit Commended students include: Sarah Connelly, Jacinta Davey, Jeff Jin, John Kellner, Charles Kennedy, Jenny Kim, Sara Tupponce, and Alan Wang, Brandeis HS; Yejin Cho, Pamela Hildebrand, Bryan Hutzler, Gabriel James, Luisa Mader, Madeleine Marlar, Cory Nguyen, Cassidy Quinn, Phillip Ross, Lauren Schmidt, Sarah Stewart, Heather Tolcher, and Zihao Zhu, Clark HS; Kristopher Gray, Sofia Greimel-Garza, Morgan Kalka, Amy Taylor, Jessica Rivas, and Kassandra Smith, Communications Arts HS; Devin Anderson, Emily Beissner, Dylan Kilborn, Allison Marsh, John Peng, Timothy Pham, Stephen Trippy, Oscar Tu, Health Careers HS; Laura Catano and Chloe Hunt, Jay Science and Engineering Academy; Christopher J. Gutierrez, Carlo Martinez, and Peter Mauldin, Marshall HS; Erin Dunbar, Valeria Garza, Colin Maki, Katherine Taylor, and Kylie Wilson, O’Connor HS; and Seiko Cammack and Rachel Spellman, Taft 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: Camille Ayala, Jacob Cortright, Adam Galindo, Charles Kennedy, Mikaela Ludolph, Sydney Rayne, Liam Riker, and Sara Tupponce, Brandeis HS; Brittany De Luna, and Brittany Winters, Brennan HS; Matthew Albo, Preston Campbell, Daniel Carcamo, Glennette Castillo, Jake Darby, Olivia Guerra, Luisa Mader, Justin Pons, Mauricio Rivero-Borrel, Luke Salas, John Paul Sargent, Steven Tallman, and Jacob Villarreal, Clark HS; Thuria Abdelaziz, Argentina Bowles, Katherine Bruton, Sofia Greimel-Garza, Cassandra Guerra, Morgan Kalka,  Jessica Rivas, Jesus Romero, Andrea Sherman, Victoria Smith, Katherine Smithroat, Jacob Solis, and Nicholas Walker, Communications Arts HS; Maria Alfaro, Jett Anderson, Isaac Cenoz, Alexander Devora, Abigail Garcia, Joshua Herschell, Samantha Jackson, Megan Nino, Lauren Prince, Bianca Pulido, Nicole Saenz, and Katie Velasquez, Health Careers HS; Nicholas Prendiz, Holmes HS; Matthew Baiza, Laura Catano, Isaiah De La O, Nicolas Deluna, Alex Dunaway, Jeremy Garza, Carl Leon, Jenna Lobisser, and Ezekiel Reyna, Jay Science and Engineering Academy; Christopher J. Gutierrez, Marshall HS; Chelsea Amen, Christopher Foxx, Peter Garcia, Valeria Garza, Manuel Hernandez, Benjamin Montez, Lianna Pais, Isabella Rubio, Jack Segura, and Maia Winter, O’Connor HS; Mauricio Garcia, Stevens HS; Elias Deque, Patricia Flores, Alondra Ramirez, Claudia Rocha, Autumn Sancho, and Colton Walker, Warren HS.

National Achievement Scholar semifinalists
National Achievement Scholar semifinalists are among 1,600 high school seniors named semifinalists in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for African American high school students.

The National Achievement Scholar semifinalists include: Cyrus Daruwalla and Israel Durland, Brandeis HS; Kristopher Gray and Steven Mortimer, Communications Arts HS; and Taylore Woodhouse, Health Careers HS.