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National Merit Scholars Named for Class of 2018


The National Merit Scholarship program identifies the country’s academic elite, and is based on a student’s performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Denton ISD has produced 41 National Merit Semi-finalist in the past 15 years.


A member of Guyer High School’s Class of 2018 has been chosen out of 1.6 million total entrants to be a semi-finalist scholar in the National Merit Scholarship Program for this year’s graduating class.


The College Board named Andrew Winn of Guyer High to the distinguished list of National Merit Semi-Finalists, joining a pool of just 7,600 National Merit Semifinalists in the entire country. High school students are selected into the program based on their top scores on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


The Class of 2018 posted 21 commended scholars including:


Braswell High: Jonathan Cox, Aiden Dalrymple, Anna Skaugen;

Denton High: Talha Akram, Leah Beltrone, Madeleine Hall;

Guyer High: Katherine Cullen, Luke Erwin, Nathan Gates, Taylor Griswold, Arden Jenkins, Reid Pannell, Christina Paz, Anthony Roth-Giacinto, Evan Ryckebusch, Nicholas Taylor, Meredith Wilder;

Ryan High: Min Seo Cho, Nathan Guy, Ryder Peeters, Janelle Thompson. 


More than 34,000 students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise, and deemed commended scholars. Although they will not continue in the competition for further National Merit awards, they place among the top five percent of the students who entered the competition by taking the exam.


The district also had five students who received recognition as National Hispanic Scholars or National Achievement Scholars. They include Citlalli Curiel and Mason Medrano from Braswell High; Kyle Gillispie and Christina Paz from Guyer High; and Katherine Villarreal from Ryan High.


The National Merit program recognizes students that are at-least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino and are among the top 5,000 high scoring individuals on the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 


Merit scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college students, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.


The National Merit Scholarship program was founded in 1955 to identify and honor scholastically talented American youth and to encourage them to develop their abilities to the fullest.