ATLANTA, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Analytic data solutions company Teradata (NYSE: TDC) has named college-bound high school seniors who have displayed high academic achievement, and participation in extra-curricular programs and community service, as National Merit Scholarship recipients. The National Merit Scholarship program is one of three college scholarship programs sponsored by Teradata to assist promising students in achieving a post-secondary education.
"Teradata is thrilled to assist these talented children of our employees to help them reach higher and achieve their educational goals," Susan Baxley, director of community relations, Teradata Corporation, said. "These students demonstrated how deeply committed they are to their schools and communities, and are truly deserving of this scholarship award."
The seven Teradata scholarship winners were selected from more than 1.5 million entrants in the national competition and are among approximately 8,300 finalists selected by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to receive scholarships. Finalists compete based on their critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores as measured by the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Aptitude Test, evaluation of an essay, and information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions.Students earning 2012 National Merit Scholarships from Teradata are:
- Vikas Aragam, Methacton High School, Eagleville, PA
Aragam is immersed in science, music and the tutoring of other students. The founder and co-president of a local robotics club, he also serves as the vice president of the Methacton High School science fair club and has won numerous science awards. Aragam sings baritone in the school's chorale ensembles, and works as an audio technician for a local theater group. He conducts science demonstrations at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and at local elementary schools, and has worked as a tutor in calculus and critical reading. Aragam wants to continue his education by majoring in physics and pursue a career as an astrophysicist. He is the son of Teradata Professional Services consultant Ash Aragam.
- Carrie Chen, Rancho Bernardo High School, Rancho Bernardo, CA
Chen is involved in tutoring, media, music, and in Chinese cultural and philanthropic activities at school and in the community. She is the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, works as an intern with a local media company and volunteers at a local library. Chen is a member of the Poway School District's Superintendent Student Advisory Committee and has tutored students of all ages in English writing, algebra and Advance Placement calculus. She is a member of a Chinese folk dancing troupe, president of the Youth Care Club, and a flutist in the San Diego Youth Symphony. A member of the Key Club and an National AP Scholar, Chen carries a full load of advanced placement courses. She plans to major in economics and pursue a career in law and is the daughter of Zhi Liu, a researcher and developer for the Teradata database.
- Brian Hou, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA
Hou takes on leading and organizing roles in extracurricular clubs, and dedicates time to community service. He serves as the student coordinator for the Mission San Jose High School technology committee and is the webmaster for a local community service organization. His passion for math and science led him to a first-place finish in a team competition at AwesomeMath camp. He also won an essay contest on the subject of ethics in science at UCSD's California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science. Hou also interns for Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and he is a clarinetist in the El Camino Youth Symphony. He intends to major in electrical engineering and computer science and pursue a career as an engineer. He is the son of Robert Hou, a Teradata emerging technologies researcher and developer.
- Simon Park, The Bishop's School, La Jolla, CA
Park eagerly pursues extra-curricular learning opportunities and volunteers in medical research and music performance. An Eagle Scout and state champion football player, Park is also the founder and owner of a microbusiness that provides sample advance placement tests in statistics. He is a cellist in the San Diego Youth Symphony. Park also serves as a research intern at the Shiley Eye Research Center at the University of California San Diego. He is the son of Teradata database researcher and developer Edward Park, and he plans to major in biomedical sciences and follow a career as a health professional.
- Stephen Sabo, Poway High School, Poway, CA
Sabo's appetite for learning from challenges is evident in the robot and in the marshmallow cannon he has built in engineering class. His love of challenge is also clearly illustrated in his passion for fencing, where as a national competitor, he earned a 16 th place finish in the Junior Olympics in the under-17 division. He volunteers as an assistant fencing coach and his community service work has included serving as a Hebrew tutor. Sabo plans an advanced education and career in mechanical engineering. He is the son Thomas Sabo, a researcher and developer for the Teradata hardware and software platform.
- David Tyson, New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL
Tyson exhibits an aptitude for intellectual inquiry and is committed to community service and cultural awareness. He serves as a board member for Peer Helping and as a Peer Juror, a remedial program where juvenile offenders can account for their actions before a group of their peers, and participates in the National German Honor Society. His demonstrated abilities as a leader earned him the role of captain of the New Trier Varsity fencing team, and his team has earned two Midwest Championships. The son of David Tyson, a Teradata Professional Services partner, he intends to major in economics for a career in business information systems.
- Olivia Wu, Mount Carmel High School, San Diego
Wu is dedicated to the health care profession and giving back to the community. She is president of her school's Future Doctors of America club and works as a student intern and volunteer at Palomar Pomerado Health in the emergency department. Wu is also president of the Key Club and a state team member and coach with the Science Olympiad team. She is currently co-captain for the varsity Academic League team. As a pole vaulter, Wu has helped her school track and field team win two league titles. Wu intends to study medicine and become a physician. She is the daughter of Teradata software engineer Hoa Ngo.About Teradata Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC) is the world's leading analytic data solutions company, focused on integrated data warehousing , big data analytics , and business applications. Teradata's innovative products and services deliver data integration and business insight to empower organizations to make the best decisions possible and achieve competitive advantage. Visit teradata.com for details. Get to know Teradata:
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