- Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2013 murder
- Telephone, computer network outages at 22 Rockford schools
- Byron native selected as Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Southwest
- Illinois Tollway awards $337 million in contracts, sets budget
- 44 earn bachelor’s degrees at Saint Anthony College of Nursing
- Goodwill opens Donation Express site on Perryville
- Rock Valley College to manage TechWorks program
- University of Illinois at Chicago names chancellor
- Salvation Army to distribute food, toys to nearly 2,000 families
- American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act signed into law
Auburn students named National Merit Scholars
Five Rockford Auburn High School seniors — Matthew Eighmy, Samantha George, Abid Haseeb, Andrew Hudson and Lloyd Sy — have been offered National Merit Scholarships, a prestigious honor given to the country’s top students.
The students completed a rigorous application process and are among the 8,300 students who will receive a share of the $35 million that will be awarded as part of the 57th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The field of potential scholars began with 1.5 million juniors who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Only 16,000 students, including six from Auburn, went on to become semifinalists. (That group represented less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and included the highest-scoring students from each state.)
Judges selected scholarship winners based on a number of factors, including academic records, recommendation letters, student essays, performance on college entrance exams, and extracurricular activities and leadership.
Eighmy and Sy were honored as two of 2,500 students who received the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Eighmy plans to study international relations and business at the University of Southern California. Sy will study medicine at Brown University.
George received the National Merit University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scholarship. She plans to study medicine in the fall. Hudson received a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Southern California, where he will study mathematics. Haseeb was offered a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Illinois. He has decided to attend Brown University.
From the May 30-June 5, 2012, issue