Two National Merit Scholars chosen from Kent School District

Kate Khazoyan - Courtesy photo
Kate Khazoyan
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For the Reporter

Kent-Meridian High School senior Kate Khazoyan and Kentridge senior Tracy Tran have won National Merit Scholarships, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this week.

"Growing up with two parents who work in engineering and math was very encouraging to me as I discovered my interest in biomedical engineering," Khazoyan said. "I am appreciative that my dad's employer, The Boeing Co., has chosen to recognize my achievements and award me with a scholarship that will contribute to my education as an engineer."

Tran said, "It's a great honor and privilege to represent not only my school but my community on a national scale. I think having two National Merit Scholars definitely speaks to the high caliber of education we have here in the Kent School District."

Boeing financed the scholarships to benefit finalists who are children of their employees, residents of their community, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers they wish to encourage.

"Only students with the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous university studies achieve this special honor. On behalf of the school board, I extend our sincere congratulations to these young women," said Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas.

Tran, pictured below, is planning to study computer science in college, and Khazoyan is planning to study biomedical engineering.

Tran is one of only eight candidates in the world this year to earn every possible point on the Advanced Placement Calculus level AB exam. She answered every multiple-choice question correctly and earned the maximum scores on each essay in the free-response section of the exam.

Most awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

NMSC will announce winners of college-sponsored and $2500 National Merit scholarships later in May.

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