Area high school seniors win National Merit scholarships

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Fourteen students from area high schools have won National Merit scholarships to attend colleges and universities next year.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation this week released the list of 1,000 high school seniors who won awards that are financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and business organizations.

Students were chosen from among the 15,000 teens who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Students entered the competition as high school juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2011.

Most of the awards, worth $500 to $10,000 per year, are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study, although some awards are a single-payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

The area recipients and their high school, award sponsor and likely career fields are:


Emerson A. Boggs, Mansfield Timberview, Novartis, academia

Nicholas Toliver, Mansfield Summit, Lockheed Martin, petroleum engineering

Faith J. Yu, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Novartis, mechanical engineering


William John Ludwig, Paschal, Lockheed Martin, math

Fort Worth

Zachary S. Brynell, Paschal, Lockheed Martin, medicine

Ashley M. Mihalick, Bethesda Christian School, Lockheed Martin, medicine

Erik Nguyen, Paschal, Lockheed Martin, software engineering

Steven H. Vo, Paschal, Lockheed Martin, medicine


Younghoon D. Lee, Keller Central, Textron, medicine

Michael C. Opolski, Keller, BNSF Foundation, chemical engineering


Matthew David Walker, Northwest, Textron, information systems management


Garrett Mitchell Tow, Saginaw, James E. Casey/UPS Foundation, chemical engineering


Danielle E. Rodriguez, Carroll Senior, James E. Casey/UPS Foundation, actuarial science

Hannah L. White, Carroll Senior, Lockheed Martin, biomedical engineering

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326

Twitter: @jessamybrown

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