District student achievement noted with distinguished academic recognition awards

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Students from several Dallas Independent School District schools have recently been named among some of the most prestigious scholars in the country. The honors include National Merit, National Achievement and Texas AP State Scholar acknowledgements.

National Merit Scholar Program
Students are recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program after taking the previous year’s Preliminary National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program applicants. To become a finalist, each semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record and submit endorsement letters written on their behalf. National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Dallas ISD 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

  • Simon C. Cohen
  • Sarah J. Klein
  • Byron J. Otis

School of Science and Engineering at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

  • David C. Carris
  • Sirjan Kafle
  • Murali Subramanian

School for the Talented and Gifted at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

  • Matthew Brown
  • Lucas M. Chen
  • Flannery H. Currin
  • Vincent David Dela Cruz
  • Adrianna Demopulos
  • Grace M. Enda
  • Christopher L. McDougal
  • Yousef M. Nofal
  • Alexander S. Ravnik
  • Abigail M. Rees
  • Jia Qi Xiong

National Achievement Scholarship Program

The National Achievement Scholarship Program names academically talented African American students across the country. Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highest-scoring program entrants in the states that comprise each region. To advance to the finalist level in the competition, each semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application, evidence of participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership, employment and honors and awards received and letters of endorsement. Applicants must also have high academic performance and SAT scores that confirm their PSAT or National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test performance.

Dallas ISD 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalists

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

  • Ebonie S. Pollock

School of Science and Engineering at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

  • Abreham S. Dadi
  • Essirifi S. Sackeyfio
  • Monique J. Ward-Pierce

School for the Talented and Gifted at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

  • Taylor Holloway

TAG graduate recognized as Texas AP State Scholar

Abigail Cartwright, a 2014 graduate of the School for the Talented and Gifted, was recognized as the Texas AP State Scholar. This prestigious award is given to one male and one female student each year who had the highest average score on the highest number of AP exams taken during their entire high school career in the state of Texas. Abigail passed 20 Advanced Placement exams with an average score of 4.7 out of 5.0.

Cartwright currently attends Rice University on a full athletic scholarship for Track and Field.

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