Seven Tri-City high school students recently earned up to $6,000 toward their tuition expenses at Washington State University Tri-Cities after top finishes in an academic challenge event.
The Crimson Academic Challenge is for high school seniors interested in WSU Tri-Cities. They take practical exams in the area of study they want to pursue with the top winners earning a $1,500 academic award, renewable for up to four years if the student takes a full-time course load and maintains a 3.2 grade-point average.
The winning students include:
• Maria Yepez, Chiawana High School, interested in business.
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• Vanessa Romero, Chiawana High School, interested in education.
• Kaitlynn Schwar, Richland High School, interested in engineering.
• Benjamin Fincher, His Way Home School, interested in humanities.
• Megan Johnston, home-schooled, interested in nursing.
• Mariah Brush, Hanford High School, interested in psychology.
• Ricardo Herrera, Pasco High School, interested in the sciences.
Other students won tuition awards of $500 to $100 for placing second or third in the different academic categories.