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St. Joseph High School students recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:13 a.m.

Chris Mason, left, a senior, was named a semifinalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Corporation program

ABOUT NATIONAL MERIT

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a nonprofit that operates without government assistance and was established in 1955, specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation with its own funds and by about 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the corporation's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Two St. Joseph High School students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Chris Mason, a senior, was named a semifinalist in the 2012 program.

Mason has been involved with both the school and the community. This year he was in cross-country and basketball, student council, the Marianist Life Community, and is an altar server at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. He also recently received recognition as a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist, which was elected by the Texas Boys State Program.

Mason is applying to Duke University, Yale University, Notre Dame University, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and Baylor University. He said he wants to major in biomedical engineering and wants to serve others around him.

Mason is the son of John and Gail Mason, of Victoria.

His classmate, Christian Wenske, was presented with a letter of commendation from St. Joseph High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Wenske is an active member of various school activities such as basketball, cross country, and National Honor Society. Wenske has not decided where he plans to attend college but hopes to major in either engineering or accounting.

Wenske is the son of Michael and Mary Wenske, of Victoria.

The National Merit Scholarship winners for 2012 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the National Merit Scholar title.

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