On October 18 the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees recognized 7 students who earned honors through the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Each year approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Students take the PSAT during their junior year of high school and are recognized as they begin their senior year.
National Commended Scholars are those students who are among the top 34,000 nationwide, and while they do not continue on in the National Merit Scholarship competition many of these students do become candidates for special scholarships offered by corporations and businesses. This year two ECISD students earned this impressive distinction, which places them among the top 2% of students:
Slade Lee, Permian High School. Slade is the son of Sammy & Beth Lee. He has plans to attend the University of Texas and major in biology, in fact, he will graduate with an Associate of Science Degree in Biology from Odessa College in the Spring 2017. Slade has completed 65 dual credit college hours through Odessa College while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, he will be inducted into the Permian Academic Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievement on his SAT college entrance exam. He is currently ranked #2 in his senior class of 761. Slade is also a member of National Honor Society and the varsity baseball team.
Viney Regunath, Odessa High School. Viney is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Regunath. He is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, and would like to attend Dartmouth and study pre-med. He is active as a volunteer at Medical Center Hospital and as a research intern at the Center for Hypertension and Internal Medicine in Odessa. His favorite classes at OHS are IB Biology and AP Chemistry. He is the founder of the first Model United Nations Organization at Odessa High School.
Of the approximately 250,000 Hispanic/Latino high school juniors who take the PSAT only about 5,000 (again the top 2%) are honored as National Hispanic Scholars. ECISD is proud to announce five students achieved this distinction this year:
Nicholas Arreguy, Odessa HS. Nick is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Eric Arreguy. He is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. He plans to attend the University of Texas to study biology. He is a member of the OHS Orchestra where he plays the cello. He is also a member of the Wild Bunch. His favorite class at OHS is IB French.
Ethan Rubalcado, Odessa HS. Ethan is the son of Rafael & Delfa Rubalcado. He plans to attend the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and is interested in studying Engineering and Technology. He is a member of the Eco-Club and the National Honor Society. His favorite class is Aerospace Engineering and he has taken all of the engineering classes available at OHS.
Jake Almanza, Odessa HS. Jake is the son of Michelle & Adolfo Almanza. He is planning to major in music production at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He plays advanced guitar, and is enrolled in AP and IB classes at OHS with IB Music being one of his favorite courses.
Mercedes Elguezabal, Permian HS. Mercedes is the daughter of Shana Turbyfill & Cesar Elguezabal. She plans to attend the University of Texas and major in chemistry. She has completed 43 dual credit college hours through Odessa College while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, and she will be inducted into the Permian Academic Hall of Fame for her outstanding SAT score. She is currently ranked #24 in her senior class of 761. Mercedes is a member of National Honor Society, Satin Strings, President of Orchestra, and Texas Scholars. She has volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the CAF Airshow.
Robinne Rios, Permian HS. Robinne is the daughter of Robert & Jennifer Rios. She plans to attend the University of Texas and major in communications. She has earned three scores of 4 on Advanced Placement tests – in English, Macroeconomics and U.S. History. She will be inducted into the Permian Academic Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievement on the SAT. She is currently ranked #16 in her senior class of 761. Robinne is a member of National Honor Society, AVID, and Captain of the Debate Team and recently finished first in the Regional Debate Tournament.