Fifteen 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 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholars are selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who considered several factors; including subjects taken, grades earned, standardized test scores, school leadership, community activities and an essay.
The competition for these scholarships began in October 2013 when more than 1.4 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state were named semifinalists. By the end of the 2015 program, about 7,600 finalists have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received about $34 million in college scholarships.
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners
Michael Coker, Argyle High School, computer programming
Angela Chen, Martin High School, computer science
Ran Zhou, Arlington High School, computer science
George M. Emrich, Nolan Catholic High School, statistics
Jim Liu, Grapevine High School, medicine
Shayal S. Vashisth, Grapevine High School, mathematics
Souvik Banerjee, Colleyville Heritage High School, computer science
James Eric Getz, All Saints Episcopal School, business
Hayley M. Kuhlmann, Paschal High School, academia
Santosh K. Murugan, Trinity Valley School, medicine
Spencer R. Rhoades, Timber Creek High School, biochemistry
Melody J. Rodriguez, Fort Worth Country Day School, public policy
Kelly E. Danner, Carroll High School, academia
John M. Everett, Carroll High School, law
Michael D. Everett, Carroll High School, finance