Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Names National Achievement Semifinalists

AURORA— Four seniors at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) have qualified as semifinalists in the 2009 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students.

 IMSA National Achievement Semifinalists include (l-to-r) Nicholas Higgins, Mary Bixter, Jasmine Kwasa and Chelsea Elder (seated).

The students are Mary Bixter of Chicago, Chelsea Elder of Evergreen Park, Nicholas Higgins of Oak Brook Terrace and Jasmine Kwasa of Chicago. 

They are among approximately 1,600 semifinalists now eligible to compete for about 800 achievement scholarships. The program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is supported by corporate organizations, professional associations, higher education institutions, and NMSC’s own funds.

These four students are among more than 150,000 African-American students nationwide who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), the test used in the competition. Scholarships worth more than $2.6 million dollars will be awarded to selected finalists next spring.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (