Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Seniors Named National Achievement Semifinalists

Eight IMSA seniors have qualified as semifinalists in the 2011 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students.

   Lisa Akintilo
Omotayo  Balogun
Morenibayo Bankole  David Chatman
 Amber Farrell  Shawon Jackson
 Tiffany Sinclair  Kari Tyler

IMSA seniors Lisa Akintilo of Bourbonnais, Omotayo Balogun of Tinley Park, Morenibayo Bankole of Wheaton, David Chatman of Markham, Amber Farrell of Carbondale, Shawon Jackson of University Park, Tiffany Sinclair of Evanston and Kari Tyler of Berkeley are among more than 1,600 semifinalists now eligible to compete for about 800 achievement scholarships.

The program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is supported by corporations, professional associations, foundations and NMSC’s own funds.

The IMSA semifinalists are among more than 160,000 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 $2.5 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. (

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