Nicholas Osborn, looking sharp in his senior pic

Only five DISD students made the National Merit Scholarship Program semifinals, and our own Nicholas Osborn of Hillcrest High School is one of them. There were more than 22,000 entries for the program, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement.

I got to meet Nicholas at a recent Hillcrest meeting, and I’ve never seen a kid so fired up about his passion, biology. “This is sort of my niche,” he says. “This just resonates with me.”

You’ll be hearing a lot more about Nicholas and some other outstanding  biomedical students in an upcoming issue of Preston Hollow Advocate.

The other National Merit semifinalists include: Evan A. Ott, School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview Center; Rebecca A. Stimson, School for the Talented and Gifted at Townview Center; Viviana Rios, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; Juliana M. Hossu, School of Science and Engineering at Townview Center.

The students were selected based on PSAT scores from last year. The semifinalists represent the top 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, who could collectively receive millions of dollars in scholarships this spring.

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