Lake Travis High School (LTHS) principal Kimberly Brents is pleased to announce that 28 seniors have been recognized by the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
These students entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) as high school juniors in 2012. They were chosen from more than 1.5 million program entrants and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, these students are the top scorers from each state and show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Additionally, the National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino students each year, while the National Achievement Scholarship Program provides recognition for outstanding Black American high school students.
“Our students continue to raise the bar on academic excellence,” said Kimberly Brents, LTHS principal. “Their success not only reflects the quality and caliber of our teachers and staff who directly impact student learning, it also reflects the support and commitment of their parents who are instrumental to their success.”
Earlier this month, approximately two-thirds of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT received letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended students are named on the basis of a nationally applied index score that may vary from year to year. The remaining one-third of these students were then notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists and are eligible to receive a National Merit Scholarship. Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements.
In February 2014, some 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist standing.
The following students are recognized by the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program:
♣ Mary Louisa Angly Commended
♣ Melissa Beaudin-Vandolder Commended
♣ Nicole Beirne Commended
♣ Kayla Berry Commended
♣ Elise Czuchna National Hispanic Scholar
♣ Stephanie Darnell Semifinalist
♣ Elliott De Laat Commended
♣ Kai Devoglaer Commended
♣ Sagar Dhana Commended
♣ Andie Edwards Commended
♣ Ian Friedman Commended
♣ Amy Hostetter Semifinalist
♣ Soren Jespersen Commended
♣ Rachel Keathley Semifinalist
♣ Joseph Melendez Semifinalist, National Hispanic Scholar
♣ Bailey Meyer Semifinalist, National Hispanic Scholar
♣ Gyu-Hee Min Semifinalist
♣ Derrick Ngo Semifinalist
♣ Vivy Ngo Commended
♣ Melanie Nichols Commended
♣ Patrick Rodriguez National Hispanic Scholar
♣ Hans Steffes Commended
♣ Olivia Thorpe National Achievement Outstanding Participant
♣ Samantha Waugh Commended
♣ Sydney Wheatley Commended
♣ Amanda Wolken Semifinalist
♣ Malcolm Wood Commended
♣ Rachel Wyatt National Achievement Outstanding Participant
The students will be recognized by the LTISD school board at the October 15 regular meeting and during halftime of the Lake Travis vs. Westlake varsity football game on November 1, among other events.