Twenty-four Lake Travis HS students earn recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Program

Lake Travis High School principal Gordon Butler is pleased to announce that 24 seniors have been recognized by the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Lake Travis High School principal Gordon Butler is pleased to announce that 24 seniors have been recognized by the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

These students entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) as high school juniors in 2016.  They were chosen from more than 1.5 million program entrants and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors.  According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, these students are the top scorers from each state and show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  Additionally, the National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino students each year, while the National Achievement Scholarship Program provides recognition for outstanding Black American high school students.

“These students and their families should be very proud of their remarkable achievement,” Mr. Butler said.  “I applaud the many teachers and counselors who have positively influenced these students throughout their young academic careers.  These students are obviously well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead of them.”

Earlier this month, approximately two-thirds of the 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT received letters of commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended students are named on the basis of a nationally applied index score that may vary from year to year.  The remaining one-third of these students were then notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists and are eligible to receive a National Merit Scholarship. Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements.  In February 2017, some 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified by mail that they have advanced to Finalist standing.

The Lake Travis school board recognized these students and their parents at its regular meeting in October, and the students will also be recognized during halftime of the Lake Travis vs. Vandegrift varsity football game November 4 at Cavalier Stadium.

The following students are recognized by the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program:

  • River Aguirre – Commended Scholar
  • Emily Bian – Commended Scholar
  • Olivia Bowers – Commended Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar
  • Spencer Buckner – Semifinalist
  • Patrick Cavanagh – Commended Scholar
  • William DiSimone – Commended Scholar
  • Hussam Djadi – Semifinalist
  • Natasha Fisher – Commended Scholar
  • Sara Flinn – Semifinalist
  • Tyller Garza – National Hispanic Scholar
  • Arianna Halfmann – National Hispanic Scholar
  • Aaron Johnson – National Hispanic Scholar
  • Catherine Johnson – Commended Scholar
  • Milana Knaplund – Commended Scholar
  • Kyle Knight – Commended Scholar
  • Sameer Mohamed – Commended Scholar
  • Amanda Moulckers – Commended Scholar
  • Derrin Ngo – Commended Scholar
  • Tevinh Nguyen – National Hispanic Scholar
  • Kenneth Palmer – Commended Scholar
  • Jake Ruggiero – Semifinalist, National Hispanic Scholar
  • Jose Tamkin – National Hispanic Scholar
  • Simone Whooly - Commended Scholar
  • Jenny Wu – Semifinalist