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  • SHS seniors named finals for national scholarship program

  • Shawnee High School senior, Jasmine Robinson, was recently named a finalist for the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
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  • Shawnee High School senior, Jasmine Robinson, was recently named a finalist for the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
    The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT exam) and meeting other published requirements for participation.
    Approximately 160,000 Black students participate each year, and 1,600 semifinalists are selected each September. In February, approximately 1,300 finalists are selected from across the United States.
    She is the daughter of Wanda and Tyrone Robinson of Shawnee. She is the granddaughter of Darella and Dick Anderson of San Diego, Calif. and Frankie Robinson of Orlando, Fla.
    She has been recruited to play collegiate volleyball and plans to attend Cornell University.
    Shawnee High School senior, Annica Jane Houston, was recently selected a finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
    The National Merit Scholar process is an 18-month competition and begins with the Preliminary SAT exam (PSAT) during the junior year of high school. More than 50,000 high performers are selected from approximately 1.5 million entrants. Semifinalists are announced in September of the senior year and are the highest performing students from each state.
    These students represent the top one half of one percent of all students taking the PSAT from each state. Semifinalists must submit a lengthy application, an essay, and provide several letters of recommendation. Semifinalists are also required to validate their high PSAT scores by taking the SAT exam. Each February, only 15,000 finalists are selected. The PSAT exam is also used to recognize outstanding minority students including National Hispanic Scholars and National Achievement Scholars for Black American students. Annica was also selected as a National Hispanic Scholar in September 2012.
    Annica is the daughter of Brent and Donna Houston of Shawnee. She is the granddaughter of Joyce Nash of Shawnee and Dick and Sandy Houston of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Annica plans to attend Oklahoma State University to major in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering.
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