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37 Klein ISD Students Recognized by National Merit Program

37 Klein ISD Students Recognized by National Merit Program
Jasmine Nguyen

Eleven Klein ISD students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, and 25 have been named as Commended Students and received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Semifinalists will move on to the next round of the National Merit Scholarship competition, going up against students from across the Nation.

The eleven semifinalist students will also have the opportunity to earn any of the 7,880 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $35 million. 

Name

Ranking

High School

Aida Alyasin

Commended

Klein High 

Garrett Babb

Commended

Klein Cain

William Baldwin

Commended

Klein High 

Bennett Beam

Commended

Klein Oak

Jack Bollenbacher 

Semifinalist

Klein Oak

Kai Bryan-de la Garza

Commended

Klein Oak

Alexander Cabarcas Gonzalez

Commended

Klein Oak

Evelyn Conaton

Commended

Klein High 

Mahtab Dastur

Commended

Klein High 

Edward Gottfried

Commended

Klein Cain

Marcus Gou

Commended

Klein Cain

Isaac Ha

Semifinalist

Klein Collins

Andrew Heiman

Semifinalist

Klein Cain

Andy Jiang 

Semifinalist

Klein Oak

Ian Kim 

Semifinalist

Klein High

Ava Koss

Commended

Klein High 

Anna Le

Commended

Klein Oak

Ethan Lee

Commended

Klein High 

Sia Maredia

Commended

Klein Oak

Andrew Miller

Commended

Klein Cain

Ziya Momin

Semifinalist

Klein Oak

Macey Moore

Commended

Klein Oak

Sophia Moran

Commended

Klein Oak

Maxima Oberlaender

Commended

Klein Cain

Tyler Pan

Semifinalist

Klein Cain

Abigail Pham

Commended

Klein High 

Chi Pham Commended Klein Forest

Neha Pudota

Commended

Klein Cain

Laay Raval

Commended

Klein High 

Bradley Robinson

Commended

Klein Cain

Siddharth Saladi

Commended

Klein Cain

Lucas Schleizer

Commended

Klein Cain

Savannah Shannon

Commended

Klein Cain

Ethan Tran

Semifinalist

Klein High

Aneesh Vathul

Semifinalist

Klein Cain

Rebecca Wylie

Semifinalist

Klein Cain

Zofia Zielinska

Semifinalist

Klein Collins

“Our National Merit scholars are some of the brightest minds in Klein ISD,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Additionally, many of these students are involved in athletics and the arts and give of their time and talent volunteering in our Klein community. These outstanding scholars exemplify what it means to be well-rounded in today’s education system, and I know that their teachers and families are so proud. Congratulations to our National Merit Commended Scholars, and good luck to our National Merit Semifinalists as they advance to the next stage of this prestigious competition!”

The application process for students is rigorous. Semifinalists who are considered for the Merit Scholarship award have to fulfill several requirements to move on to be finalists. Students must have exemplary academic standing, have an endorsement from a high school official, write an essay, and provide SAT and ACT scores. 

“The National Merit Scholarship Program is the most prestigious scholarship opportunity for students across the country,” Advanced Academics Director Kathleen Plott said. “We are grateful for the support of our advanced course teachers, guidance from our counselors, and incredible support from our campus leaders who recognize their incredible achievements.”

Students who have qualified for the semifinalist standing represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, including the highest-scoring entrants in each state. All Merit Scholar winners are selected based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential to be successful in their post-high school studies. 

Congratulations to each of these gifted scholars! We are honored to have students like you who showcase what it means to live out your purpose.

 

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