Midway National Merit students

Midway High School seniors recognized for National Merit achievements are (from left) Will Stamey, Isabel Echevarria, Steven Acevedo Colon, Kylie Terry, Andy Kanz, Emma Garza, Christopher Lee, Jessica Sain, Sarah Hall, Hayoung Park and Hanxing Kuang.

Midway High School has 11 seniors recognized this year through the National Merit Program, with Andy Kanz and Hanxing Kuang named as National Merit Semifinalists. Finalists will be named in February 2018.

Andy Kanz is the son of Robin and Ken Kanz, of Woodway. He is the Blue Crew captain, a four-year All-Region Choir member, an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Spanish Exam honoree. Andy is involved in National Honor Society, theater, choir and chess club. He plans to attend Baylor University to major in film and digital media.

Hanxing Kuang is the son of Lingjiang Tu and Weidong Kuang, of Waco. Hanxing is a national qualifier, state quarterfinalist, district Top Speaker and team captain in policy debate. As varsity tennis captain, Hanxing helped lead the team to four consecutive district titles and three consecutive area titles in team tennis. He was an All-District selection in both singles and doubles during team tennis season. During the individual season, Hanxing was district champion in doubles and a regional quarterfinalist.

He is also science captain in UIL academics and president of the National Honor Society. Hanxing plans to attend Yale or the University of Texas and major in physics.

Four Midway students were named National Merit Commended Scholars, ranking in the top 5 percent of the nation. They are Sarah Hall, Christopher Lee, Hayoung Park and Will Stamey.

Sarah Hall is the daughter of Darcy and Donna-Mae Hall, of McGregor. She plans to double major in biology (molecular medicine and molecular genetics) and harp performance.

Christopher Lee is the son of Myeongwoo Lee and Yongsin Kim, of McGregor. Upon graduation, he plans to attend the University of Texas or Baylor University to major in computer science.

Hayoung Park is the daughter of Jungjun Park and Mina Park, of Woodway. She plans to attend Baylor University, majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

Will Stamey is the son of James and Anndrea Stamey, of Woodway. Upon graduation, Will plans to attend Baylor University or major in business or computer science.

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students who score in the top 5,000 from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. Midway has five National Hispanic Recognition Scholars: Steven Acevedo Colon, Isabel Echevarria, Emma Garza, Jessica Sain and Kylie Terry.

Steven V. Acevedo Colon is the son of Dollyvette Colon and Vidal Acevedo, of Woodway. He plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), pursuing a degree in material sciences and engineering or electrical engineering.

Isabel Echevarria is the daughter of José and Sarah Echevarria, of Hewitt. Upon graduation, Isabel will attend Brigham Young University and major in education.

Emma Garza is the daughter of Lisa and Octavio Garza, of Waco. After graduation, she plans to major in biology at Duke University or Rice University, then pursue a graduate degree.

Jessica Sain is the daughter Jerry and Annette Sain, of Woodway. Following graduation, she plans to attend either Texas A&M or TCU in order to pursue a degree in genetics and minor in Spanish.

Kylie Terry is the daughter of William and Kristina Terry, of Hewitt. Kylie plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to double major in physics and astronomy and minor in mathematics, then pursue at least one doctoral degree.

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