Abilene High School Students Receive Commendations from National Merit Program



Here’s a little commendation for a group of high school students from Abilene.

Abilene and Wylie High Schools, as well as the Academy of Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Science, each produced the National Merit Scholarship Program this fall.

The program recognizes high performing students who achieve significant results on the preliminary SAT.

Nitin Kalla of Wylie High School was the only Abilene student to advance through the scholarship program as a semi-finalist, but there were eight more between the three schools that achieved felicity status.

These students will not be eligible for a scholarship, but NMSP officials believed their achievements deserved to be recognized.

Specifically, recommended students include the top 50,000 students across the country, looking only at exam results. Of these, the first 16,000 are named semi-finalists, including Kalla.

The program narrows down from there, as students can be named finalists in February.

Following:Abilene Wylie’s High National Merit semi-finalist forgot he was even in the running

Recommended students of Wylie High: Amy-Patricia Totoe, Tommy Thomas, Carlos Balandran, Vincent Mercado and Ariela Sarabia; from Abilene High: Brooke Garduno and Harrison Smith; and ATEMS: Frank Fang.

Congratulations to this year’s high performing students in the Abilene area.

Texas students grappling with …

Science, apparently, attracts the most questions among Texas students.

That’s what a study by Brainly, an online learning platform and homework community, reveals.

Brainly looked at the areas his enrolled students asked the most questions about.

It turns out that among American students, Texas is in the minority. Brainly’s results showed math to be the # 1 question mark in 35 states. In Texas, the subject is second.

Beyond math and science, the rest of the top five subjects are social studies, English and business, the company recently said.

Wylie High students donate to fight cancer

Students from Wylie High School presented a check for $ 5,000 to the American Cancer Society at a cheering rally Thursday.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students from Purple Dog Co., the student company in Wylie High School’s Entrepreneurial Studies program, sold t-shirts to support the cause.

If you’ve been paying attention to this column for the past seven years, you know that breast cancer is near and dear to my heart because both my mom and my aunt are survivors. Another aunt of mine is fighting it now.

Thank you to the students of Wylie, as well as to the students of all the other high schools who do a great job without this recognition, for everything you do. And please keep up the great work.

Timothy Chipp covers education and is a general assignment reporter for Abilene Reporter-News. If you enjoy local news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.


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