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Five Commended Students in National Merit Program

Five Commended Students in National Merit Program

Five Rider High School students recognized for academic promise

 

Five Rider High School students earned the Commended Student title in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

Seniors Syler Dotson, Greyson Fitzwater, Pranav Kamath, James Scales and Par Wilkinson scored among the top 34,000 students throughout the nation when they, as juniors, took the 2015 Preliminary SAT test (PSAT).

 

 

4 of 5 Commendeds

Clockwise from top left: Syler Dotson, Greyson Fitzwater, Par Wilkinson, James Scales. Not pictured: Pranav Kamath

 

As Commended Students, they placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition.

 

Syler Dotson

Syler Dotson, son of Van and Trish Dotson, has earned a 4.44 grade point average at Rider High School. He attended Fowler Elementary School and McNiel Junior High.

 

He is considering college majors in aerospace engineering or music composition but has not yet selected a college.

 

During high school, Syler participated in Pride of the Raiders Marching Band for four years, varsity orchestra for four years, theater for two years, National Honor Society and the International Thespian Society.

 

His honors include earning the title of National Hispanic Scholar in the National Merit Scholarship Program and earning Outstanding Musical Composition in theater.

 

Greyson Fitzwater

Greyson Fitzwater, son of Vinessa and Russel Fitzwater, has earned a 4.62 grade point average at Rider High School.

 

He attended Christ Academy, Fain Elementary, and McNiel Junior High. He plans to attend the University of Texas-Austin but is undecided on his major.

 

During high school, he participated in National Honor Society, Student Council, and Key Club. He is a Scholastic Award winner.

 

Pranav Kamath

Pranav Kamath, son of Amitha Kadokol and Yogish Kamath, has earned a 4.33 grade point average at Rider High School.

 

He attended Boston, Mass.’s Beacon Hill preschool, Park Street School for grades 2 through 5, and Zundy Junior High. He plans to major in physics and/or mechanical engineering. He has not selected his future college.

 

In high school, he participated in ROTC, Guitar Ensemble, UIL competitions, TAME, Biology Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Robotics Club, and an ROTC academic team.

 

He received the ROTC academic award, served as an ROTC executive officer and was named “Most Proficient Cadet.”

 

 

All 5 commended

Rider High School’s five National Merit Commended students: (from left) Greyson Fitzwater, James Scales, Par Wilkinson, Syler Dotson, Pranav Kamath

 

James Scales

James Scales, son of Jennifer Holmes and Jon Scales, has earned a 4.75 grade point average at Rider High School.

 

He attended Fowler Elementary and McNiel Junior High.

 

He will attend the University of Texas-Austin to major in aerospace engineering.

 

During high school, he participated in varsity orchestra, UIL academic competitions in science, and the National Honor Society.

 

He received honors in the state Solo and Ensemble contest and in All-Region orchestra.

 

Par Wilkinson

Par Wilkinson, son of Kelly and Brady Wilkinson, has earned a 4.49 grade point average at Rider High School.

 

He also attended Cunningham Elementary and McNiel Junior High.

 

He plans to attend the University of Texas-Austin and major in computer science.

 

During high school, he participated in band, where he was a section leader. He earned honors in UIL competitions, and in State Solo and Ensemble where he performed a saxophone solo, and was an American Chemical Society Local Finalist.

 

Moving on

In the National Merit Scholarship Program, only National Merit Semifinalists continue to progress in the competition to earn scholarship awards. WFISD had two 2017 National Merit Semifinalists this year: Rider’s Madison Carlson and Wichita Falls High School’s Clara Baker.

 National Merit girls

WFISD 2017 National Merit Semifinalists: Rider’s Madison Carlston (left); Wichita Falls High School’s Clara Baker (right)