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Three Metro Schools students earn national merit scholarship

Graduation_Homepage-Banner-06 A computer scientist, a biochemist and a biomedical engineer – the three Metro Schools graduating seniors who earned National Merit scholarships each have impressive aspirations.

David X. Feng of Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School, Tahj M. Starr of Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School and Xiuya Yao of Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School were selected for the prestigious $2,500 National Merit scholarship, officials announced earlier this month.

The students were chosen from a pool of 15,000 finalists nationwide, meeting a strict set of criteria set by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation:

These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

Congrats, David, Tahj and Xiuya!