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Northeast Times | September 27, 2022

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Trio of Northwest ISD seniors named National Merit Finalists

Trio of Northwest ISD seniors named National Merit Finalists

Byron Nelson High School’s Zoe Bass and Haniyah Burney and Eaton High School’s Tobey Mathis have received the prestigious distinction of being named National Merit Finalists, placing them among the top students in the United States for academic achievement.

The Byron Nelson and Eaton seniors earned the distinction after having previously been named National Merit Semifinalists. By making the cut to the finalist level, the trio is among an elite group of 15,000 academic achievers from across the nation who were first chosen by their exemplary PSAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores.

After scoring among the top 1 percent of PSAT to earn semifinalist status, Zoe, Haniyah and Tobey had to submit strong applications that included their academic transcripts, SAT scores, school activities and personal essays. Those applications advanced the students into the finalist category.

Dr. Ron Myers, principal of Byron Nelson High School, said the honor exemplifies the commitment Zoe and Haniyah – friends who are involved in several school activities together – place on academics.

“Zoe and Haniyah represent all that is good about young people,” he said. “Their commitment to developing their own talents, while at the same time using their gifts to help others, exemplifies our Byron Nelson motto of learn, serve and lead. There are great things in store for these two young ladies.”

Dr. Carri Eddy, principal of Eaton High School, said the same academic standards exists within Tobey.

“Tobey is an amazing student who excels in everything he is involved in at Eaton,” she said. “He will be pursuing a degree in physics, and I predict his mathematical skills will be used to make a positive impact on our world.”

Beyond their academic accolades, all three students take part in multiple extracurricular activities at their schools. Both Byron Nelson students take part in Junior World Affairs Council and Lynx Crew. Zoe also takes part in Spanish Honor Society and choir, while Haniyah also takes part in French Honor Society, HOSA and orchestra. Tobey is a student at the district’s Academy of Business Management & Entrepreneurship, housed at Eaton, and takes part in Junior Achievement and Virtual Enterprises International.

All three of Northwest ISD’s 2018 National Merit Finalists plan to advance their academic careers further by attending college next year. Zoe said she plans to study neurology, Haniyah said she plans to study psychology and Tobey said he plans to study physics.

As National Merit Finalists, Zoe, Haniyah and Tobey will now each be considered for $2,500 scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship Foundation will inform scholarship recipients from March to June.