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Bright future: RHS senior scores in top one percent in nation

By Jeff Duffield | Randolph Independent School District | Sept. 21, 2007

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A senior from Randolph High School has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program semi-finalist for having placed in the top one percent of more than 1.4 million students taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit qualifying test administered during the 2006-2007 school year. 

Cindy Lopez scored 219 out of a possible 240 on the test, along with only about 16,000 students in the nation, to achieve semi-finalist status. 

"This is an outstanding honor for this young woman and one that indicates her high level of academic accomplishment," says Billy Walker, Randolph Independent School District superintendent. "We all congratulate her and her parents." 

Lopez is the daughter of Jose Lopez and his wife, Jeanne, both teachers and residents of Selma. 

A spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation commented, "The young men and women who have been named semi-finalists have demonstrated outstanding potential for future academic success by their high performance in this extremely competitive program. These scholastically talented youth represent a valuable resource to our nation, and it is important to publicly recognize their attainments and their schools for the part they play in the students' development." 

Lopez will now compete for finalist status and one of the $2,500 National Merit scholarships. In addition, more than 1,000 corporations and business organizations will underwrite about 1,100 corporate-sponsored scholarships for finalists. Also, some 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance more than 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarships. 

Winners will be announced beginning in April 2008.