Congratulations to the Arlington ISD’s 2019-2020 National Merit Semifinalists and National Hispanic Scholars! Twenty-one AISD students have been honored with these prestigious accolades.
Six out of the seven AISD high schools had students named either National Merit Semifinalists or National Hispanic Scholars or both, and 11 out of the 21 honorees started school in the Arlington ISD in pre-K or kindergarten. Sixty-two percent of the students started school in the AISD before the third grade. Also, one student – Martin High School’s David Sustaita-Robb – earned both honors.
National Merit Semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships available to those students who take the PSAT and meet published requirements. Of the 1.6 million entrants, approximately 16,000 students are identified as semifinalists, and this year AISD is home to seven of these outstanding students, all from Martin High School: Matthew Baird, Raymond Lam, Madeline Pederson, Domenick Regina, Sustaita-Robb, Jacob Williams and Journey Winkle.
National Hispanic Scholars
The National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies outstanding Hispanic high school students and shares information about these academically well-prepared students with subscribing colleges and universities. Each year nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic scholars are honored, and this year AISD is home to 15 of these outstanding students: Dillon J. DeLeon and Jorge Mendoza from Arlington High School; Alexis Irigoyen and Alejandra Martinez from Arlington Collegiate High School; Christian Davila from Bowie High School, Katrina Lowther from Lamar High School; Matthew Franco, Matthew George, Bryce Knapp, Raquel Reyes, Dylan Reyna, Sustaita-Robb and Monserrat Villarreal from Martin High School; and Israel Smith-Flores and Carlos Vazquez from Seguin High School.
Congratulations to each of these students for their outstanding accomplishments!