Abilene High students recognized by prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program


ABILENE, Texas - Two seniors at Abilene High have been recognized as "commended students" as part of the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program.

Israel Yolou and Matthew Bos are being touted for the performance on the qualifying test for National Merit scholarships.

The two join Abilene High classmate Eliana Pigott, who was named a 2018 semifinalist earlier this month.




"The performance by Bos and Yolou on the Preliminary SAT ranked them among the top 16,000 students out of approximately 1.5 million who entered the program," an Abilene ISD news release said Thursday.

Pigott will continue in the competition for National Merit scholarships as a program semifinalist. Commended students like Yolou and Bos do not advance.

Here's some more information on the students from Abilene ISD :

Bos is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to his academic success, Bos excels in the AHS marching, concert and jazz bands. He qualified for state in solo and ensemble competition in both his sophomore and junior years, and won the Outstanding Soloist Award at the state contest. He is a two-time member of the All-Region Band for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). Bos is considering several colleges, including the University of North Texas, Belmont University and Northwestern University, and he lists his probably fields of study as music performance, composition and education. He is the son of Jon and Rebecca Bos.

Yolou, son of Peter and Ibadiye Yolou, is also an AP Scholar with Distinction and a member of NHS. He is involved in many activities at AHS, including the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), Student Council, Key Club and UIL Academics. He has been a state participant in TAFE competition and was a national qualifier for the Educators Rising award. He qualified for regional in UIL Number Sense and wants to study mathematics and physics in college. He is considering Princeton University, Harvard University, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cornell University and the University of Texas.

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