Texas Instruments awards Junkins Scholarships to largest group ever
Rich Templeton, chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments (far left) and Karen Junkins Lobdell, daughter of Jerry R. Junkins, (far right) with the 2009 Jerry R. Junkins Scholars (left to right)*
First row – Stephanie Miao, Texas Academy of Math & Science; Eugene Lim, Plano Senior High School (HS); Jessica Liu, Plano Senior HS; Bethany Burke, Allen HS; Elizabeth Plaster, Whitefish Bay HS (Whitefish Bay, WI); Michelle Ye, Texas Academy of Math & Science;
Second row – Jackie Chou, Plano East Senior HS; Jennifer Davis, Trinity Christian Academy; Reem Ali, Plano East Senior HS; Kevin Do, Plano East Senior HS; Firas Maher Abuzaid; Texas Academy of Math & Science; Arnold Zhang; Plano Senior HS; Nathan Kwan, Plano West Senior HS;
Third row – Lisa Hu, Plano Senior HS; Greg Breaux, Canyon Creek Christian Academy; Anne Duncan, Episcopal School of Dallas; Aanika Patel, Hockaday School; Jeremy Ying, Plano Senior HS; Mohao Xi, Texas Academy of Math & Science; Bryan Ho, Texas Academy of Math & Science;
Back row – Cassandra Chen, Home-schooled; Glendon Plumton, Townview Center, Science & Engineering Magnet; Ben Chalfin, Centennial HS (Ellicott City, MD); Abhiram Gunturi, St. Mark’s School of Texas; Srini Kadamati, Plano East Senior HS; Govind Krishnan, George Walton Comprehensive HS (Marietta, GA).
*Students are from Texas schools unless otherwise noted.
TI chairman, president and CEO, Rich Templeton, recognized 35 recipients of the National Merit Jerry R. Junkins Memorial Scholarship at a luncheon recently at the company's headquarters in Dallas.
The Junkins Scholarships, named in honor of TI's former chairman, president and CEO, are awarded to National Merit® Scholarship Program finalists who are sons or daughters of active, retired or deceased TI employees. This year's scholars, who represent the largest group since TI began awarding the scholarships in 1996, come from schools in eight U.S. states and China. They represent the most states ever and the first award to a student from an international school.
"I have no doubt that the intelligence, creativity and enthusiasm of the Junkins Scholarship winners will lead them to great success. It is encouraging to know the world will be in such capable hands in the future, and TI takes pride in honoring these outstanding students," Templeton said.
Each year, less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide achieve the status of National Merit® Scholarship Program Semifinalist. Students are selected for the awards based on their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, grades, leadership abilities, writing skills, extracurricular activities and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
"This year's winners are exceptionally bright and driven," Templeton said. "Among the group are gifted writers, deep thinkers, skilled artists and talented musicians. Several are multilingual and technology-savvy and all are active in their schools and communities. They plan to study a variety of fields, such as engineering, biology, architecture and psychology. They will be our future physicians, scientists and leaders."
TI funds the scholarships in partnership with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a private, not-for-profit organization.
The North Texas students who were honored for their academic accomplishments this year are:
- Firas M. Abuzaid of Plano, Texas Academy of Math & Science in Denton
- Reem Ali of Frisco, Plano East Senior High School
- Sue Hyon Bae of Plano, Plano West Senior High School
- Gregory A. Breaux of Richardson, Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Richardson
- Bethany J. Burke of Allen, Allen High School
- Ying Chin (Cassandra) Chen of McKinney, home-schooled
- Jaclyn S. Chou of Richardson, Plano East Senior High School
- Jennifer L. Davis of Plano, Trinity Christian Academy in Addison
- Kevin N. Do of Murphy, Plano East Senior High School
- Anne Duncan of Dallas, Episcopal School of Dallas
- Deekshith "Abhiram" Gunturi of Plano, St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas
- Bryan S. Ho of Plano, Texas Academy Math & Science
- Xinyue (Lisa) Hu of Plano, Plano Senior High School
- Srinivasa K. Kadamati of Plano, Plano East Senior High School
- Ching-Yin (Nathan) Kwan of Plano, Plano West Senior High School
- Eugene G. Lim of Plano, Plano Senior High School
- Laindy Liu of Plano, Plano Senior High School
- Shijia (Jessica) Liu of Plano, Plano Senior High School
- Bo (Stephanie) Miao of Plano; Texas Academy of Math & Science
- Aanika S. Patel of Richardson; Hockaday School in Dallas
- Glendon C. Plumton of Dallas, Townview Center, Science and Engineering Magnet in Dallas
- Mohao Xi of Plano, Texas Academy of Math & Science
- Xiafei (Michelle) Ye of Plano, Texas Academy of Math & Science
- Jeremy Ying of Plano, Plano Senior High School
- Arnold G. Zhang of Plano, Plano Senior High School
Honorees outside of Texas include:
- Benjamin S. Chalfin of Ellicott City, MD, Centennial City High School
- Yifeng (Frank) Huang of Amherst, NH, Kent School in Kent, Connecticut
- Govind M. Krishnan of Marietta, GA, George Walton Comprehensive High School
- Yiran Lin of Bethlehem, PA, Freedom High School
- Dorothy J. Longley of Atlanta, GA, The Westminster Schools
- Elizabeth L. Plaster of Whitefish Bay, WI, Whitefish Bay High School
- Anna G. Plyler of Seneca, SC, Seneca High School
- Qian Tang of Tucson, AZ, University High School
- Diane Z. Wu, of Tucson, AZ, University High School
- Jessica Xu of Shanghai, China, Shanghai High School International Division