DALLAS, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-four top students were awarded 2012 Jerry R. Junkins Memorial National Merit Scholarships® at a luncheon today at the company's headquarters in Dallas.
The scholarships, named in honor of TI's late chairman, president and CEO Jerry Junkins, are awarded to National Merit Scholarship Program finalists who are sons or daughters of active, retired or deceased TI employees. Since its inception in 1996, TI's Junkins Merit Scholarship program has given 286 scholarships amounting to more than $1.1 million.
"From academics to athletics to leadership to service; these students set the standard for their schools and beyond," said Greg Delagi, TI senior vice president. "I have no doubt that the diligence, tenacity, maturity and sheer work ethic of these students will lead them to great success, and it is encouraging to know the world will be in such capable hands in the future."
The 19 Texas students honored for their academic accomplishments this year are:Andrew Bain of Dallas, Jesuit College Preparatory School; Ryan Bartling of Plano, Texas Academy of Math and Science; Michael Duncan of Richmond, Foster High School; Andre Duvoisin of Allen, Allen High School; Daniel Gomez of Plano, Plano High School; Charles Jin of Plano, St. Mark's School of Texas; Yu-Chun Lin of Plano, Plano High School; Richard Lyne of Fairview, Lovejoy High School; Yuhui Pang of The Colony, The Colony High School; James Pham of Sugar Land, St. John's School; Shalini Ranmuthu of Plano, Plano High School; Benjamin Russell of McKinney, McKinney Boyd High School; Christine Shaw of Plano, John Paul II High School; Rebecca Shaw of Plano, John Paul II High School; Zachary Stevens of McKinney, McKinney Boyd High School; Joseph Tessmer of Richardson, J.J. Pearce High School; James Tsao of Garland, Garland High School; Jessie Zhou of Plano, Plano High School and Jennifer Zotz of McKinney, McKinney High School. Honorees from other TI sites include Kaustav Gopinathan of Bangalore, India, Indus International School; Revanth Kosaraju of Saratoga, California, Harker School; Dianwen Li of Cary, North Carolina, Green Hope High School; Vivian Vu of San Jose, California, Piedmont Hills High School; Pete Yeh of Cupertino, California, Monta Vista High School. Each year, less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide achieve the status of National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist. Students are selected for the awards based on their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, academic record, leadership abilities, writing skills and extracurricular activities.
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