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Top Sacred Heart grad named National Merit Scholar

July 22, 2012 at 2:22 a.m.

Emily Kossa.

Emily Kossa, Valedictorian at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Hallettsville, has been named a National Merit Scholar.

Out of approximately 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program, only 16,000 were named semifinalists. In order to advance to a finalist in the competition, semifinalists had to submit a detailed scholarship application, an essay, and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Emily was involved in numerous activities throughout her high school career. As an athlete, she was on the volleyball, basketball, swim, softball, tennis and track teams. Emily was also drum major her junior and senior years and placed in the state band competition all four years. She has played the flute, guitar, piano and organ at various churches.

She is planning to attend Texas A&M in College Station and major in molecular and cell biology. She has been offered the National Merit Texas A&M scholarship sponsored by Texas A&M. Emily has also received a National Merit Recognition Award scholarship, President's Endowed Scholarship, Craig and Galen Brown Scholarship, and Opportunity Award scholarship all from Texas A&M. She received local scholarships from Fayette Electric, K.J.T., American Legion Post 230 and Yoakum A&M Club.

Emily is one of 400 incoming freshmen to be accepted into the honors program at Texas A&M and is one of 20 honors students selected to go on The Champe-Fitzhugh Honors Leadership Seminar in Italy.

She is the daughter of Mike and Linda Kossa, of Ammannsville. Kossa attended Sacred Heart School, in LaGrange, and Saint Rose, in Schulenburg, before attending high school at Sacred Heart, in Hallettsville.

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