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Amarillo Students Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

This year 14 students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as top test takers.
AMARILLO -- This year 14 students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as top test takers. 

More than two-thirds of the high scoring students to take the PSAT/NMSQT receive the commended scholar commendation. Though these students do not go on to compete for a National Merit Scholarship, they may go on to be candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. 

The other third of high scoring students qualify to be semifinalists. Semifinalists are eligible to apply for the National Merit Scholarship upon advancing to finalist standing. Students who are selected as finalists receive special certificates and are the group of students which all winners of National Merit Scholarship are chosen from.

National Merit Finalist:
  • Isaiah Smith, Tascosa
National Merit Commended:
  • William George, Amarillo High
  • Micah Gillezeau, Amarillo High
  • Gou Han, Amarillo High
  • Aastha Trehan, Amarillo High
  • Talia Crist, Tascosa
  • Samson Wood, Tascosa
National Merit Hispanic Scholar:
  • Leslie Larue, Amarillo High
  • Gabrielle Bechyne, Amarillo High
  • Micah Gillezeau, Amarillo High
  • Jennifer Velasquez, Caprock
  • Matthew Noriega, Tascosa
National Achievement Finalist:
  • Isaiah Smith, Tascosa
National Achievement Outstanding Participant:
  • Rahel Tekeste, Amarillo High
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