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Eighteen Katy ISD Students Win National Merit Scholarships in 2011

The National Merit Scholarship Foundation recently released the final names of College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners, which included five students from Katy ISD. This brings the total number of scholarships received from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by Katy ISD students to 18 for the 2010-11 academic year.

This year’s competition began when approximately 1.5 million high school juniors, in some 22,000 schools around the country, took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Based on their scores, some 16,000 Semifinalists were named – with 40 of them being from Katy ISD. Approximately 15,000 Finalists were then selected from this group, based on information about academic, leadership and civic activities. Half of the finalists were chosen for National Merit Scholarships.

Katy ISD students winning scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation this year are:

Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships: Lynn Gai, Taylor HS, BP Foundation, Inc.; Nikhil Garg, Taylor HS, BMC Software, Inc.; Reinaldo Amendola-Mayorga, Cinco Ranch HS, Chevron Corporation; and Sirus Jesudasen, Seven Lakes HS, BP Foundation, Inc.

National Merit $2500 Scholarships: Jay Murchison, Taylor HS; Danelle Pecht, Katy HS; andElizabeth Stefanski, Taylor HS.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarships: Connor Bodkin, Cinco Ranch HS, Texas A&M University; John Cheng, Seven Lakes HS, Rice University; Austin Glova, Cinco Ranch HS, Texas A&M University; Kyle Grabowski, Cinco Ranch HS, University of Southern California; Gabriela Hanco, Taylor HS, Washington University in St. Louis; Clare Jensen, Seven Lakes HS, Rice University; Anuhya Jonnalagadda, Cinco Ranch HS, Baylor University; Jamie Linden, Katy HS, Texas A&M University; Travis Williamson, Taylor HS, Texas A&M University; Karen Wylie, Seven Lakes HS, Baylor University; and Adam Zhu, Cinco Ranch HS, Texas A&M University.

Katy High School graduate Imari Herron also received a National Achievement Scholarshipearlier this year, which is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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