National Merit Scholars

The Most National Merit, Presidential Scholars to sign with UNR
Posted on 05/23/2019
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The Carson City School District is pleased to announce, of any high school, Carson High School (CHS) retains the most National Merit and Presidential Scholars committing to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Fourteen CHS seniors pledged to continue their education with the university during the Nevada Scholars Signing Day, held in the CHS library Wednesday, May 22. 

Quentin Owens, UNR’s manager of scholar admissions, reported that Carson High School had the most Presidential and National Merit Scholars from one high school to commit to UNR. 

“We know that they didn’t get here by themselves, so I would like to last, but not least, acknowledge parents, friends, teachers and family members of the students being recognized today,” he went on to say. “Because of you and your support, you are the driving force behind the success of these bright minds.” 

UNR’s Manager of Admissions and Recruitment Carolina Martinez and Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Derek Furukawa were also present to honor and commend the scholars who chose to sign with university. 

The National Merit Scholar, Megan Owens, represents less than one percent of the United States graduating class. She will receive a $16,000 scholarship renewable for four years at UNR. 

It is also important to note the Presidential Scholars retain at least a 3.5 GPA and earn an ACT score of at least 31 or SAT score of at least 1360. These students represent less than one percent of the graduating class in the State of Nevada. They will receive an $8000 scholarship renewable for four years. 

Listed below are the scholars who signed with UNR, as well as their intended majors. 

  • Megan Owens – National Merit Scholar – Physics
  • Jacob Carlson – Presidential Scholar – Pre-Secondary Education
  • Gabe Covington – Presidential Scholar – Physics
  • Sydney Fields – Presidential Scholar – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Adele Fliegler – Presidential Scholar – English
  • Jane Fliegler – Presidential Scholar – Art and History
  • Susan Fliegler – Presidential Scholar – Computer Science
  • Hannah Hope Hodorowicz – Presidential Scholar – Undeclared
  • Joshua Ingram – Presidential Scholar – Mechanical Engineering
  • Jose Medina-Torres – Presidential Scholar – Chemistry
  • Nura Tung – Presidential Scholar – Pre-Journalism
  • Andre Walser-Castro – Presidential Scholar – Hydrogeology
  • Rachel Weese – Presidential Scholar – Psychology
  • Jack Williams – Presidential Scholar – Chemistry