Two Abilene High students recognized as National Merit Commended Students

ABILENE, Texas (Press Release) - Two more Abilene High School seniors have earned honors from the National Merit Scholarship Program as 2018 National Merit Commended Students.

Matthew Bos and Israel Yolou are being recognized for their outstanding performance on the
qualifying test for National Merit scholarships, joining AHS classmate Eliana Pigott, who was
named a 2018 Semifinalist earlier this month.

The performance by Bos and Yolou on the Preliminary SAT ranked them among the top
16,000 students out of approximately 1.5 million who entered the program. While Pigott will
continue in the competition for National Merit scholarships, Commended Students do not

Bos is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a member of the National Honor Society. In
addition to his academic success, Bos excels in the AHS marching, concert and jazz bands.
He qualified for state in solo and ensemble competition in both his sophomore and junior
years, and won the Outstanding Soloist Award at the state contest. He is a two-time member
of the All-Region Band for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). Bos is
considering several colleges, including the University of North Texas, Belmont University and
Northwestern University, and he lists his probably fields of study as music performance,
composition and education. He is the son of Jon and Rebecca Bos.

Yolou, son of Peter and Ibadiye Yolou, is also an AP Scholar with Distinction and a member
of NHS. He is involved in many activities at AHS, including the Texas Association of Future
Educators (TAFE), Student Council, Key Club and UIL Academics. He has been a state
participant in TAFE competition and was a national qualifier for the Educators Rising award.
He qualified for regional in UIL Number Sense and wants to study mathematics and physics
in college. He is considering Princeton University, Harvard University, Stanford University, the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cornell University and the University of Texas. 

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