Bellaire High School senior Ibeturu Alozie was recently named a National Achievement Semifinalist by the National Merit Program.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African American high school students. The 1,600 semifinalists were chosen nationwide from among 160,000 qualified students taking the PSAT exam.
Before being considered for an Achievement Scholarship award, a Semifinalist must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements.
Alozie, a magnet student, has also been named a National Merit Commended Scholar. He is in the process of applying to colleges and is considering a major in History.
“I’m considering colleges in the northeast because I would like to apply for internships in Washington, D.C. and maybe eventually work in a public service area,” Alzoie said.
He said he has not ruled out the possibility of going to UT, where one of his brothers is currently enrolled.
“Ibe is one of the nicest students in the school,” said Maria Gloria Borsa, AP level 4 Italian teacher. “Everyone recognizes him as one of the nicest, kindest and most deserving students that they know.”