Seniors from around the district recently were recognized as part of the two prestigious scholarship programs. National Merit semifinalists included Jason Anderson (pictured above on right), Columbia River High School, and Samir Sen, Skyview High School. National Merit commended students included Brian Haugen (pictured above on left), Skyview High School. Jessica Ekeya (pictured above in middle), Columbia River High School, was named a National Achievement semifinalist.
Anderson is a full-International Baccalaureate (IB) student and has earned violin awards from the Washington Music Education Association. He lettered on the Columbia River golf team and was the featured speaker and master of ceremonies at the school’s Veterans Day assembly. Anderson plans to study biology and physics in college.
Ekeya also is a full-IB student, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, Spanish Club and Model United Nations. She lettered in tennis, is on the varsity soccer team and was named the 2014 homecoming queen. Ekeya plans to major in Spanish and biology in college and hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics.
Haugen is enrolled in Skyview’s Science, Math and Technology (SMT) magnet and has taken 12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. His senior research project is the development of an integrated system for an insulin pump and glucose meter. Haugen has been on the robotics team for four years is nearing completion of the rank of Eagle Scout. He plans to major in computer science.