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9 Klein ISD Students Named as National Merit Finalists

9 Klein ISD Students Named as National Merit Finalists

Nine Klein ISD high school students have been awarded as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These high-achieving students will go on to compete in the next round of competition with students across the nation.

Only about 3 percent of the roughly 1.5 million nationwide entrants qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their high school that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

“I am so proud of these brilliant scholars who exemplify our tradition of excellence in academics,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Their dedication and drive to achieve at top levels nationally is a point of pride for our district and community.”

Juslyn DhingraKlein High
Coleman H. Hall-BrownKlein High
Ryan E. StamKlein High
Ayan GuptaKlein Oak High
Mariam KhanKlein Oak High
Cecilia K. NguyenKlein Collins High
Abishek AnandKlein Cain High
Krithik S. VishwanathKlein Cain High
Bryson L. WylieKlein Cain High

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. This includes a detailed and rigorous application outlining the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards received, as well as an essay, additional test scores, and an endorsement from a school official.

“I am honored to recognize these academically talented students,” Advanced Academics Services Director Kathleen Plott said. “Our Klein family of educators are so proud of these equipped scholars who thoroughly commit to challenge this type of academic rigor, exceed expectations, and prepare themselves by utilizing their gifts and talents as they exit Klein ISD with a purpose and pursue their passion and high intellect in future endeavors.”

Congratulations to each of these brilliant students! Klein ISD is so proud of your excellent academic success, and we wish our finalists the best of luck as they continue to advance in the competition!


Klein ISD is AAA in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

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Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.

About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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