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Posted May 7, 2013

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Two More APS Seniors Receive National Merit Scholarships

Students from La Cueva and Early College Academy have received the $2,500 award.

Two Albuquerque Public Schools high school seniors have been named winners of $2,500 scholarships sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The APS seniors join 2,500 other high school seniors around the country who have been designated Merit Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Program and were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists.

Named as scholarship winners were Lauren Li of La Cueva High and Mirin Stewart-Tengco of the Early College Academy.

“We are very proud of these students and the honor they have received in being awarded these scholarships,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

The students qualified as semifinalists based on their performance on the 2011 pre-SAT. To advance as a finalist, students must continue to have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by their school principal, and earn high SAT scores during their junior or senior year.

The students also submitted applications with essays and information about their participation in school and community activities.

These scholars were selected from finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s high school graduating seniors.

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