Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Seniors Named National Achievement Semifinalists

Four IMSA seniors have qualified as semifinalists in the 2013 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students.

IMSA seniors Ayun Brown of Plainfield, Seneca Hutson of Richton Park,
 Ayun Brown  Seneca Hutson
 Adekore Taiwo  Matthew Williams
Adekore Taiwo of Lake Forest and Matthew Williams of Champaign 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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