Temple High School continues to be a national leader educating students in advanced academics and this year the tradition continues with three students named National Merit Scholarship finalists, seniors Megan Babowicz, Dylan Prather and Andrew Tye.
All three received recognition from the Temple ISD Board of Trustees at their meeting on Monday, May 8.
Addressing the board, Tye summed up perfectly what it means to receive an education in Temple ISD.
“I think that while being a National Merit finalist is wonderful, it is not the true blessing that has entered my life. I think that being a National Merit finalist is a product of the more fundamental blessings that I’ve had. Those blessings include this school district for giving me not only the resources but the optimism and the opportunities to pursue the things that are required to achieve this position,” he said.
They join the growing number of National Merit Scholars from Temple High School. In fact, over the last six years, Temple High School has graduated 11 National Merit Finalists and 20 National Commended Scholars.
Temple High School has long had a reputation as being the school of choice for students who wish to excel in advanced academics, and in just the last five years THS graduates have attended schools including Dartmouth College, Stanford University, West Point, Pepperdine, George Washington University, Emerson University, Emory University, and Duke University, as well as colleges and universities across Texas.
This year, all three credited their National Merit status with helping them gain acceptance to the university of their choice.
Babowicz plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station in the fall and study biomedical engineering. She received a National Merit Texas A&M Scholarship.
Prather will attend the University of Texas at Austin, which does not offer National Merit scholarships.
Tye will attend Princeton University, and received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.