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National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recently announced approximately 800 outstanding black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship Awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These awards, totaling over $2 million, are being financed by grants from 29 corporate organizations and professional associations. Katy ISD had two winners of this prestigious scholarship: Toluwani Alimi and Olamide Omidele, both from Seven Lakes High School.

Toluwani Alimi has been a student in Katy ISD since fifth grade and attended Kilpatrick Elementary and Beckendorff Junior High. He plans to major in chemical engineering upon graduating from SLHS.

Olamide Omidele has attended Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High. Upon graduating from SLHS this May, he plans to attend Columbia University and enter the medical field. “I feel very blessed to receive this award and want to thank my parents and the school for supporting me,” he says.

More than 160,000 students entered the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors. In September 2011, approximately 1,600 of the highest scorers were named semifinalists on a regional representation basis. To continue in the competition, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements for finalist standing, which included having a record of consistently high academic performance; being endorsed and recommended by an official from their high school; earning SAT scores that confirmed their PSAT/NMSQT performance; and writing an essay.

From the semifinalist pool, some 1,300 advanced to the finalist level, and the 800 National Achievement Scholarship winners were selected from this group of outstanding students. Achievement Scholar awardees are the finalist candidates judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.