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Texas Instruments awards Junkins Scholarships to largest group ever

35 students represent schools in eight US states and China

May 29, 2009

DALLAS (May 29, 2009) - Texas Instruments Chairman, President and CEO, Rich Templeton recognized 35 recipients of the National Merit Jerry R. Junkins Scholarship at a luncheon on May 28 at the company's headquarters in Dallas. The Junkins Scholarships, named in honor of TI's former chairman, president and CEO, are awarded to National Merit&#174 Program finalists who are sons or daughters of active, retired or deceased TI employees. This year's scholars, who represent the largest group since TI began awarding the scholarships in 1996, come from schools in eight U.S. states and China. They represent the most states ever and the first award to a student from an international school.

"I have no doubt that the intelligence, creativity and enthusiasm of the Junkins Scholarship winners will lead them to great success. It is encouraging to know the world will be in such capable hands in the future, and TI takes pride in honoring these outstanding students," Templeton said.

The 25 North Texas students who were honored for their academic accomplishments this year are:

Firas M. Abuzaid of Plano, Texas Academy of Math & Science in Denton; Reem Ali of Frisco, Plano East Senior High School; Sue Hyon Bae of Plano, Plano West Senior High School; Gregory A. Breaux of Richardson, Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Richardson; Bethany J. Burke of Allen, Allen High School; Ying Chin (Cassandra) Chen of McKinney, home-schooled; Jaclyn S. Chou of Richardson, Plano East Senior High School; Jennifer L. Davis of Plano, Trinity Christian Academy in Addison; Kevin N. Do of Murphy, Plano East Senior High School; Anne E. Duncan of Dallas, Episcopal School of Dallas; Deekshith "Abhiram" Gunturi of Plano, St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas; Bryan S. Ho of Plano, Texas Academy Math & Science; Xinyue (Lisa) Hu of Plano, Plano Senior High School; Srinivasa K. Kadamati of Plano, Plano East Senior High School; Ching-Yin (Nathan) Kwan of Plano, Plano West Senior High School; Eugene G. Lim of Plano, Plano Senior High School; Laindy Liu of Plano, Plano Senior High School; Shijia (Jessica) Liu of Plano, Plano Senior High School; Bo (Stephanie) Miao of Plano; Texas Academy of Math & Science; Aanika S. Patel of Richardson; Hockaday School in Dallas; Glendon C. Plumton of Dallas, Townview Center, Science and Engineering Magnet in Dallas; Mohao Xi of Plano, Texas Academy of Math & Science; Xiafei (Michelle) Ye of Plano, Texas Academy of Math & Science; Jeremy Ying of Plano, Plano Senior High School; and Arnold G. Zhang of Plano, Plano Senior High School.

The two honorees from Tuscon, Arizona are Qian Tang, University High School and Diane Z. Wu, University High School.

The two honorees from Georgia include Govind M. Krishnan of Marietta, George Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta, and Dorothy J. Longley of Atlanta, The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.

Other honorees include Benjamin S. Chalfin of Ellicott City, Maryland, Centennial City High School in Ellicott City; Yifeng (Frank) Huang of Amherst, New Hampshire, Kent School in Kent, Connecticut; Yiran Lin of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Freedom High School in Bethlehem; Elizabeth L. Plaster of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Whitefish Bay High School; Anna G. Plyler of Seneca, South Carolina, Seneca High School, and Jessica Xu of Shanghai, China, Shanghai High School International Division.

Each year, less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide achieve the status of National Merit&#174 Scholarship Program Semifinalist. Students are selected for the awards based on their scores on the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, grades, leadership abilities, writing skills, extracurricular activities and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

"This year's winners are exceptionally bright and driven," Templeton said. "Among the group are gifted writers, deep thinkers, skilled artists and talented musicians. Several are multilingual and technology-savvy and all are active in their schools and communities. They plan to study fields as varied as engineering, biology, architecture and psychology. They will be our future physicians, scientists and leaders."

TI funds the scholarships in partnership with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a private, not-for-profit organization.

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Note to editor: Following is a listing of the honorees by region, high school and school district (where applicable):

Allen High School, Allen ISD
Bethany J. Burke of Allen

Canyon Creek Christian Academy, Richardson
Gregory A. Breaux of Richardson

Episcopal School of Dallas
Anne E. Duncan of Dallas

Hockaday School, Dallas
Aanika S. Patel of Richardson

Plano East Senior High School, Plano ISD
Reem Ali of Frisco
Jaclyn S. Chou of Richardson
Kevin N. Do of Murphy
Srinivasa K. Kadamati of Plano

Plano Senior High School, Plano ISD
Xinyue (Lisa) Hu of Plano
Eugene G. Lim of Plano
Laindy Liu of Plano
Shijia (Jessica) Liu of Plano
Jeremy Ying of Plano
Arnold G. Zhang of Plano

Plano West Senior High School, Plano ISD
Sue Hyon Bae of Plano
Ching-Yin (Nathan) Kwan of Plano

St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas
Deekshith "Abhiram" Gunturi of Plano

Townview Center, Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas
Glendon C. Plumton of Dallas

Texas Academy of Math & Science, Denton
Firas M. Abuzaid of Plano
Bryan S. Ho of Plano
Bo (Stephanie) Miao of Plano
Mohao Xi of Plano
Xiafei (Michelle) Ye of Plano

Trinity Christian Academy, Addison
Jennifer L. Davis of Plano

Ying Chin (Cassandra) Chen of McKinney

University High School, Tucson Unified School District
Qian Tang of Tucson
Diane Z. Wu of Tucson

George Walton Comprehensive High School, Cobb County School District
Govind M. Krishnan of Marietta

The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA
Dorothy J. Longley of Atlanta

Centennial City High School, Howard County Public Schools
Benjamin S. Chalfin of Ellicott City

Kent School, Kent CT
Yifeng (Frank) Huang of Amherst, NH

Freedom High School, Bethlehem Area School District
Yiran Lin of Bethlehem

Seneca High School, Oconee County School District
Anna G. Plyler of Seneca

Whitefish Bay High School, Whitefish Bay School District
Elizabeth L. Plaster of Whitefish Bay

Shanghai High School International Division
Jessica Xu of Shanghai

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