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Six students receive National Merit awards

Six students taking classes in northern Denton County were named among the latest 2,000 National Merit Scholarship winners this week.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. named more than 2,000 winners this week for scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

The recipients join 2,500 winners who also received scholarships sponsored by colleges and universities in May.

The scholarship awards will provide between $500 and $2,000 to the recipients annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

•  Kara D. Norton, a TAMS student from Allen, received a scholarship from Fordham University in New York. She intends to pursue a career in accounting.

•  Shantan Cheemerla, a TAMS student from Cypress, received a scholarship from Rice University and intends to pursue a career in neurology.

•  Andrew James O’Brien, a student from Lantana at Coram Deo Academy in Flower Mound, received an award from Texas Christian University. He intends to study business.

•  Tucker D. Pope, a TAMS student from Lubbock, received a scholarship from Texas A&M University and plans to pursue a career in health care.

•  Aradhana Sahoo, a TAMS student from Plano, received an award from the University of Texas at Dallas and intends to pursue a career in medicine.

•  Angela S. Chin, a TAMS student from Sugar Land, received a scholarship from Harvey Mudd College in California. She plans to study engineering.



Ryan High School

School to host Red River Thunder show

The Ryan High School band will host the annual Red River Thunder drum and bugle corps show at 7 p.m. July 19 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.

The event showcases some of the country’s top drum lines and is part of Drum Corps International’s national tour. Fewer than 3,500 of the country’s top marching musicians are selected into DCI’s top-tier member corps, with almost 60 percent currently pursuing college degrees in music education.

Red River Thunder will feature corps from Arizona, California, Illinois and Wisconsin among others, as well as the Forte group representing the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $100,000 to help economically disadvantaged band students take private music lessons and provided scholarships to graduates.

Tickets are available in advance at , ranging in cost from $25 to $45. Tickets purchased at the gate will include a $5 surcharge.

For more information, e-mail Lee Smith at .


Houston Elementary School

Student completes space science program

Jchon Jacob Paradise, an incoming second-grader at Houston Elementary School, graduated June 8 from the Solar System program, a five-day camp at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

For more information about the center, visit .


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