Two Central High seniors named Merit semifinalists
Kyle Boutin and Michael Ogren, both seniors at Central High School, are two of 16,000 students nationwide named as semifinalists in the 54th annual scholarship competition. The next competition will result in 8,200 National Merit scholarships, to be announced in the spring.
The students were chosen from more than 1.5-million students who entered the competition by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test while they were juniors.
Kyle, 17, has a 4.29 grade point average and is president of the Recycling Club. He volunteers for the local Barack Obama campaign and is the historian for DECA (formerly known as the Distributive Educational Club of America). He is also active in kayaking.
Kyle is applying to six universities: the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the College of William and Mary, Lee University (Virginia), Cornell and Yale. He plans to do his undergraduate work in philosophy and then transfer to law school. He is undecided about the type of law he would like to practice, but is interested in policy law.
Kyle has an older brother, Byron, and is the son of George and Janet Boutin.
Michael, 16, has 4.38 grade point average and is a member of ROTC. He belongs to National Honor Society and BETA ( a service club). He plays baseball and soccer.
Michael is applying to Tulane, Duke and Yale universities, as well as the University of Florida. He says he will probably continue in ROTC in college and is interested in a career in engineering. He is considering the U.S. Air Force to become a chemical engineer or a pilot.
Mike is the son of Karen and Mike Ogren.
Merit program names Commended students
Hernando High School senior Lea M. Martin and Springstead High School seniors Erica Goertz, Jem Lugo and Desmond Zeng have been named Commended Students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program.
They each will receive Letters of Commendation from the schools and National Merit Scholarship Corp. There are about 34,000 Commended Students nationwide. These students are among the top 5 percent of the 1.5-million students who took 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Some Commended Students may become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
Two from PHCC get Coca-Cola scholarships
Carri Randall of Brooksville and Sarah Roman of Port Richey have each been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Both are students at Pasco Hernando Community College pursuing Associate of Arts degrees.
The foundation awards 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher-education institutions granting two-year degrees. All recipients have demonstrated academic success and participated in community service within the past 12 months.