Congratulations to three Lufkin High School seniors who did exceptionally well on the PSAT/NMSQT their junior year. Taha Nazeer received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation designating him as a Commended Student. Taha’s score on the PSAT/NMSQT places him among the top 50,000 of over 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 National Merit Program. A letter sent to Taha indicated that he is among about 34,000 Commended Students nationwide who have shown exceptional academic promise.
Taha also received a new recognition from the College Board National Recognition Program for our area called the Rural and Small Town Recognition Program. The award is based on the PSAT and is given to students with a high score from rural and small towns based on location data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Taha said he would like to attend Texas A&M University to become a doctor one day.
Joel Sarmiento received the Hispanic Recognition Program, which is based on his high PSAT score and awarded to students who identify as Hispanic or Latinx. Joel also received the Rural and Small Town Recognition Program award. Joel would like to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in math to possibly become a Data Scientist.
William Hansard received the Indigenous Recognition Program award for his high score on his PSAT and for identifying as Alaska Native, Native American or Native Hawaiian. He received the the Rural and Small Town Recognition Program award as well and would like to attend the University of Texas at Austin or the University of Houston majoring in Biochemistry or Pharmacy.
PHOTOS BY ANDY ADAMS/Lufkin ISD