Ten students from Tarrant County area high schools won $2,500 National Merit scholarships.
Nationwide, some 2,500 Merit Scholars were chosen from among 15,000 finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who weighed an array of student information, including academic record, scores from standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay and recommendation by a high school official.
The competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2012, when about 1.5 million juniors nationwide took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state were named semifinalists. From the semifinalist pool, some advanced to finalist level.
By the end of the 2014 contest, about 8,000 finalists will have earned the title of Merit Scholar and received more than $35 million in college scholarships.
2014 National Merit Scholarship Winners
Yuxiao Zou, Trinity High School, law
John Heo, Paschal High School, economics
Parth V. Kalaria, Trinity Valley School, medicine
Jack Livingston, Country Day School, biomedical engineering
Katherine C. Nesser, Paschal High School, art history
William H. Nober, Country Day School, international relations
Neil V. Tapiavala, Trinity Valley School, business administration
Spencer A. Robinson, Central High School, religious service
Drew M. Anderson, Carroll High School, biomedical engineering
Nyle A. Hussain, Carroll High School, law