Argyle HS students National Merit Scholars

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Five Argyle High School have received commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Hugh B. Devine, Rhiannon E. Mohar, Arya Monticino, Jessica Portales and Emily Volk were all given the honor of being Commended 2015 National Merit Scholars.

Portales also received National Hispanic Recognition.

This announcement follows Ross Coker, Molly Livingston and Samantha Rider being
listed as Semifinalists for the scholarship program.

Principal Jeff Butts says preparing all of the students for the SAT exam has been a strong focal point for the high school.

“Our goal in the last few years has been to increase our number of national merit finalists,” Butts said. “We’ve had more implementation of SAT prep course materials. As always, we are working to improve this.”

Butt says receiving this amount of recognition is a reflection upon both the students and the teachers.

Leighann Fenter is an AP/Dual Credit English instructor at the high school. Throughout the year in her class, students work on improving their writing skills through examining both effective and ineffective styles and examples.

“Hopefully, they are able to apply this skill to the revision demands of the writing section of the test,” Fenter said. “Additionally, we read a variety of texts-with a focus on non-fiction-which are often tested.”

Fenter says the students should be proud of their hard work.

“I have no doubt this achievement is indicative of their future success in college,” Fenter said.

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Brianna Vela is a public relations intern with the Argyle Independent School District.


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