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FISD Students Recognized for Performance on SAT Test(October, 2007)

Wakeland Commended Student Paul Lee, Austin Lane, and Collin Reed

FHS Commended Students Scott Hales, Patrick Van Brunt, Chris Johnson and Amanda Moen with Principal Rick Burnett

Ginny Vandagriff, FHS Commended Student

Frisco High School, Centennial High School and Wakeland High School, have all announced the names of students who were recognized as Commended Scholars in the 2008 National Merit Program. The Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2008 competition by taking the 2006 PSAT. Each commended student will receive a letter of commendation for this achievement. The three high schools have also announced students who have been honored in the National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program. African-American students who performed well on the SAT exams are also being honored with the National Achievement Award.

The following Centennial High School Seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2008 National Merit Program, according to Principal Randy Spain. The CHS students are Elizabeth Gaulke, Kevin Guan, Emily Kaufman, Justin Nitzschke, Nicholas Orlofsky, and Sanaz Talaifar Frisco High School Principal Rick Burnett announced that five FHS students are Commended Students. They are Scott Hales, Chris Johnson, Amanda Moen, Patrick Van Brunt and Genny Vandagriff.

Austin Lane, Paul Lee and Collin Reed have been named as Commended from Wakeland High School, according to Dr. Mike Farish, principal.

FHS National Hispanic Recognition Student Andres Zevallos


Stephanie Ahrens of Centennial, Randy Flores of Wakeland and Andres Zevallos of Frisco High School have all been recognized by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program for their performance on the SAT.

Randy Flores, the Wakeland Recognized Hispanic StudentFarran Harrell and Ethan Monreal-Jackson, National Achievement Honorees from FHSLauren Knebel, National Achievement Honoree from CHS

FHS students Farran Harrell and Ethan Monreal-Jackson and CHS student Lauren Knebel have been recognized as scoring in the top 5 percent of more than 140,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2008 National Achievement Program when they took the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.


Three students have already been named as Semifinalists in the National Merit Program. They are Rachel LaViola of FHS and Amanda Chen and John Enderle of Centennial High School.

 “The young people named Commended Students in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program are distinguished by their strong academic performance in this rigorous competition,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “Our nation’s pursuit of educational excellence can be furthered by publicly honoring these outstanding students and by acknowledging the important role schools play in fostering their development.  We hope that this recognition will contribute to their educational opportunities and encourage all students to strive to realize their potential.

“We are delighted to have so many intelligent, talented young people performing well on their exams and representing our high schools and our district,” said Dr. Rick Reedy, superintendent of Frisco schools.

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