Riverside, California 2021-09-22 06:30:08 –
Six high school students from Corpus Christi ISD have been selected as semi-finals for the 67th National Merit Scholarship Program.
The student is one of the 16,000 semi-finalists nationwide and has the opportunity to continue the 7,500 National Merit Scholarship Contest, which will be offered next spring and is worth about $ 30 million.
CCISD’s six semi-finalists include King High School’s Nathan Alan Manou. Abigail Fields and Evanshan from Ray High School. Ruiqi “Sophie” Deng, Skyler Kim, Zhihui “Jeffrey” Zhu from Veterans Memorial High School.
All semi-finalists were required to take the 2020 Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualification Exam as Juniors to qualify for the program. To become a finalist, semi-finalists and high school staff must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s academic performance, community activities, leadership abilities, other praise, and essays from the student.
Approximately 95% of semi-finalists are expected to earn finalist status, and approximately half of the finalists will receive national merit scholarships and merit scholarship titles.
King High School
Principal Proudence Farrell said he was excited to represent King High School by making Alan Manou a semi-finalist.
“He shows what we can do at King High School,” Farrell said. “I know he has a lot of great things going his way towards his future.”
Avid cross-country runner Alan Manou said he was happy to be a semi-finalist.
“I needed a lot of study, and the fact that I was able to achieve it makes a lot of sense to me,” said Alan Manou.
After graduating in 2022, Alan Manou will go on to college, majoring in computer science with an emphasis on mathematics, and entering the field of software development.
“I think a computer science degree is a perfect blend of the attributes I’m good at and the passion I have,” said Alan Manou.
He said receiving a scholarship was like a dream come true.
“Not only does it symbolize achieving one of the highest thresholds you can get, but it also provides me a lot of help at any burden that would come financially for college to me. Will do, “said Alan Manou.
Ray High School
Ray’s principal, Roxanne Cuevas, said her two students are inspiring other students on her campus and in the district.
“They are great and I am very happy that they can show their academic ambitions,” Quevas said. “We are a very close community here in Ray and we are all very proud of them.”
Fields, co-caption of the UIL Social Studies team and members of the Academic Decathlon and Science Bowl, said being a semi-finalist was an incredible honor.
“I think it reflects the great efforts of me and my co-semi-finalists,” Fields said. “It’s really great to be in a group with them because they are all great.”
Shan, a fellow team member of the Academic Decathlon and a UIL science team, reiterated Fields’ words and said he was ecstatic to be chosen.
“This is a testament to all the preparations we have made to scholars,” said Shan.
Both will go to college after graduating in 2022. Fields said he wanted to major in chemistry, and Shan said he might major in liberal arts but would pursue a career in STEM.
Fields and Shan said it would be a big deal if either one got a scholarship.
“Having that scholarship would make things a little easier and better for me,” Fields said.
“It will be a big help in being able to go to college and pay for it,” Shan said.
Veterans Memorial High School
Scott Walker, Veterans Memorial Principal, said he was honored to have three students perform well on behalf of high school. He said it was great for them to be recognized for the results of their work.
“If we had a winner, it would show the academic qualities we have here at Veterans Memorial High School,” Walker said. “Not only does it show the efforts of our students, but our staff will also help prepare them for such moments.”
Kim, Chu, and Den all belong to the tennis team and the National Honor Society of High School.
We are all grateful to all three for being nominated and saying that we are honored.
“It’s great to represent my school and district,” said Zhu.
“I worked really hard for it, so it’s great to show that it was rewarded,” Deng said.
A semi-finalist at the Veterans Memorial said he plans to go on to college next year after graduating. Kim said he wanted to travel during the summer and then go to his dream institution, Princeton.
“I want to major in math,” Kim said. “If I win, enrolling in a prestigious school like Princeton will be of great help.”
Den said he is currently majoring in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Zhu will major in business.
“I want to go to Harvard University or the University of Pennsylvania, which is where I’m aiming for the stars,” Zhu said. “I think everyone who participates in this scholarship has worked really hard to achieve a successful academic career. It will be a great reflection of all that effort.”
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