Two Killeen ISD seniors are 2023 National Merit Scholar Finalists.
Harker Heights High School seniors Wonhyo Jonathan Lee and Rebecca Mack are Merit Scholar Finalists based on PSAT/NMSQT test scores among the top 1 percent nationwide.
Lee is the son of a military service member and has lived in Korea, California, Virginia, Illinois and Texas. He has received Academic Awards all four years of high school, is a senior patrol leader for Boy Scouts of America, member of the American Mathematics Competition, a competitor in the US National Chemistry Olympiad, and part of the Debate Club and Robotics Club at Harker Heights High School.
As a fluent Korean speaker, Lee volunteers his time with at the Killeen Korean School as a teacher’s aide. He is a cellist and pianist at his church and earned a spot in the TMEA All-Region Orchestra. He is also on the Knights soccer team.
Mack earned a spot on the TMEA All-State Treble Choir and was a first-place soloist in varsity acappella. She is the choir president, National Honor Society vice president, a NASA Aerospace Scholar and was an officer in Junior Historians and freshman and sophomore class senator.
She has also participated in the Knights of the Round Table, is on the Harker Heights City Teen Court and the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Vision XXI Class of 2022.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide enter the program each year, the two KISD scholars represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors who earn this prestigious academic honor.
The program seeks to honor individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. National Merit Finalists are selected based on their exceptional accomplishments, abilities, and skills.