Saturday , 23 June 2018

MISD Students Named National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Scholarship Finalists

Ten McKinney ISD high school seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists, and one McKinney ISD senior has been recognized as a National Achievement Scholarship Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Their selections are based on outstanding academic achievement and commendable scores on the PSAT examination.

Five students from McKinney Boyd High School have been named National Merit Finalists — Jordan Fowler, Alyssa Miller, Benjamin Russell, Zachary Stevens and Dillon Stull. From McKinney High School, Roshni Janakiraman, Christopher Kooker and Jennifer Zotz have earned recognition as Finalists, and McKinney North High School seniors Emily Biggio and Heidee Nicoll have been named National Merit Finalists. McKinney North High School senior Brian Stocker has been named a National Achievement Finalist.

In March, the ten McKinney ISD Merit Finalists will be eligible to apply for one or more of 8,300 Merit scholarships available through the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Approximately half of all Merit Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title. National Achievement Finalists are eligible to compete for one of approximately 800 scholarships worth more than $2.6 million.

Before being selected as Finalists, these eleven McKinney ISD students were chosen as National Merit or National Achievement Semifinalists by earning SAT scores that confirmed their earlier PSAT performance, by achieving a record of high academic performance, and by the endorsement and recommendation of their high school principals.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that conducts two academic competitions for recognition and undergraduate scholarships. Each year, approximately 55,000 high school students are honored in the National Merit Program and the National Achievement Program and more than 10,500 of the most outstanding participants receive scholarships worth a total of $50 million for college undergraduate study.

“To be selected as a National Merit Finalist or National Achievement Finalist is an amazing achievement that not only honors the student, but also recognizes all those involved who have provided a solid foundation of educational growth,” said Marita Cleaver, McKinney ISD Coordinator of Advanced Academics. “What a great honor for these eleven hard working and dedicated students.”

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, visit their website at

Photo Captions

Top Left:McKinney Boyd HS National Merit Finalists (l-r) Zachary Stevens, Jordan Fowler, Benjamin Russell, Dillon Stull and Alyssa Miller.

Top Right:McKinney High School National Merit Finalists (l-r) Roshni Janakiraman, Jennifer Zotz and Christopher Kooker.

Above Left:McKinney North High School National Merit Finalists (l-r) Emily Biggio and Heidee Nicoll.

Above Right:McKinney North High School National Achievement Finalist Brian Stocker.

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