National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists named

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Students from across greater Tarrant County have been named semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes academically talented African American students.

The high school seniors are among 1,600 teen semifinalists announced Wednesday by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The students will go on to compete for about 800 scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million in the spring, according to a news release.

Among the 15 local students is Nicole Baker, 17, a senior at Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville. Baker hasn't settled on a college yet, but plans to study pre-medicine and Spanish and wants to practice medicine in underdeveloped countries, the school said in a Wednesday news release.

About 80 percent of semifinalists are expected to become finalists in the program and more than half of the finalists will likely win an award.

Students entered the competition as high school juniors by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The local students, listed by hometown and school, include:


Bowie High School: Raven A. Haynes

Mansfield Summit High School: Nicholas Toliver

Pantego Christian Academy, Morgan A. Jacob

Juan Seguin High School: Carra A. Rentie


Colleyville Heritage High School: Alexandra Johnson

Covenant Christian Academy, Nicole M. Baker


Trinity High School: Nicholas A. Fields

Fort Worth

Boswell High School: Steven E. August

Nolan Catholic High School: Velani P. Dibba

Paschal High School: Kendall Smith

Timber Creek High School: Chandler K. Funderburg, Brandon N. Mallory

Trimble Tech High: Keyona Shabazz


Grapevine High School: Ebonka O. Agboje

North Richland Hills

Birdville High School: Andre D. Thomas


Victory Baptist Academy: Angela J. Antoine

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326

Twitter: @jessamybrown

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