Northside students achieve national recognition

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November 7, 2017

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

National Merit Finalists, Semifinalists, and Commended Scholars
Northside ISD students were first named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalists compete for 7,500 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 attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

National Merit semifinalists include: Shuying Zhao, Brandeis High School; Stephen McNierney, Clark High School; Donese Cole and Camsy Huang, Health Careers High School; and Nora Goring, Communications Arts High School.

National Merit Commended students include: Francis Caruso, Courtney Clark, Mariah Gomez, Lynsey Lamoureux, Sophia Rodriguez, and Jared Shannon, Brandeis High School; Sophia Abuabara, Joshua Daniel, Luke Fitzpatrick, Joseph Koch, Arik Liane, Caitlin Lorenz, Madeline Sykes, Clark High School; Vikas Dodda, Elizabeth Hudson, Maxwell Jones, Lee Kaplan, Phillip Kaplan, Aaron Lee, Aaron Mayfield, Marlee Rosales, Jacob Rosenblatt, and Sona Saravanan, Health Careers High School; Jordyn Roth and Benjamin Updike, Marshall High School; Julia Barnfield, Elizabeth Bendrey, Kristina Delagarza, Matthew Deniz, and Imaya Farrell, O’Connor High School; Cole Roper, Taft High School; and Alesandra Bell, Dalia Gulca, Emily Harris, Molly Ross, and Kierstin Wilkins Communications Arts High School.

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: Nathan Bambacigno, Riley Beard, Mariah Gomez, Carmen Gonzalez, Daniel Guerrero, Kathryn Reitman, Sarah Reyes, Sophia Rodriguez, and Katherine Soto, Brandeis High School; Kimberly Dow, Arielle Steele, Andres Villagran, Jaelyn Williams, and Eileen Zayas Baez, Brennan High School; Sophia Abuabara, Alexandria Garcia, Grayson Gillaspia, Joshua Mika, Abraham Reyna, Madeline Sykes, Eileen Gallegos, Jose Lopez, Antonio Paz, Alexandria Reyna, and Abraham Reyna, Clark High School; Elisa Barrera, Andrea Belmar, Ethan De La Garza, Jessy Garcia, Amethyst Garcia, Rodrigo Gonzales-Rojas, Ramiro Gonzalez, Xavier Hernandez, Samantha Martinez, Jacqueline Pena, Marlee Rosales, Timothy Santy, and Nathan Wallace, Health Careers High School; Christopher Gonzalez, Holmes High School; Lauren Dillard and Esmeralda Gonzalez, Jay High School; Mark A. Cardenas and Myriam Gutierrez, Jay Science and Engineering Academy; Lacey Pattie, Marshall High School; Savannah Ajas, Mauricio Davila Castillo, Augustine Deering III, and Kristina Delagarza, O’Connor High School; and Brianna Benavides, Rebecca Rocha, and Matthew Zamarripa, Warren High School.