UT Dallas McDermott Scholars

The 2016 McDermott Scholars

The 2016 class of Scholars is made up of 12 women and 15 men with 10 students from Texas, 16 from 15 other states, and 1 from the Netherlands. Collectively, this class has an average two-part SAT score of 1543. 23 of the 27 received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program, 5 were high school valedictorians, and 6 were Presidential Scholar candidates.


Mr. Samee Ahmad

Hometown: Vienna, VA
High School: George C. Marshall High School
Major: International Political Economy

Mr. Kermit Alexander II

Hometown: Jones, OK
High School: Home School
Major: Computer Science

Mr. Ben Allsup

Hometown: Windsor, CO
High School: Fossil Ridge High School
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Mr. Thomas Crain

Hometown: Austin, TX
High School: Liberal Arts and Science Academy
Major: Computer Science

Mr. Mark De Los Santos

Hometown: Arlington, TX
High School: Nolan Catholic High School
Major: Molecular Biology

Ms. Lexi de Montfort Shepherd

Hometown: Reno, NV
High School: Sage Ridge School
Major: Biology

Ms. Mackenzie Flynn

Hometown: Stillman Valley, IL
High School: Stillman Valley High School
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Ms. Ann-Cathrin Guertler

Hometown: Rochester, MI
High School: International Academy
Major: Undeclared

Mr. Logan Harless

Hometown: Brunssum, Netherlands
High School: AFNORTH International School
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Ms. Sara Hartke

Hometown: Chugiak, AK
High School: Chugiak High School
Major: Undeclared

Ms. Kinnari Karia

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
High School: Linn-Mar High School
Major: Biology & Mathematics

Ms. Veronica Liu

Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
High School: Niskayuna High School
Major: Arts and Technology & Computer Science

Mr. Benjamin Lunday

Hometown: Rhome, TX
High School: Texas Academy Math and Science
Major: Physics

Mr. Carson Lutterloh

Hometown: Puyallup, WA
High School: Governor J. R. Rogers High School
Major: Computer Science

Mr. Antonio Mendiola

Hometown: McKinney, TX
High School: Heritage High School
Major: Computer Science

Mr. Kevin Ong

Hometown: Plano, TX
High School: Texas Academy Math and Science
Major: Electrical Engineering

Ms. Abby Plump

Hometown: Haubstadt, IN
High School: Signature School
Major: Actuarial Science

Ms. Nikitha Prattipati

Hometown: Vestavia, AL
High School: Vestavia Hills High School
Major: Psychology & Economics

Mr. Samir Rahi

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
High School: William P. Clements High School
Major: Computer Engineering

Mr. Brad Ritschel

Hometown: Whippany, NJ
High School: Whippany Park High School
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Benny Rubanov

Hometown: Plano, TX
High School: Plano West Senior High School
Major: Business Administration

Ms. Sarah Samuel

Hometown: Plano, TX
High School: Liberty High School
Major: Biology

Mr. Areeb Siddiqui

Hometown: Murphy, TX
High School: Plano East Senior High School
Major: Political Science & Finance

Mr. Brian Wei

Hometown: Allen, TX
High School: Plano Senior High School
Major: Computer Engineering

Ms. Sarah Whipple

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
High School: C. K. McClatchy High School
Major: Undeclared

Ms. Stephanie White

Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School: Del Norte High School
Major: Neuroscience

Ms. Danni Yang

Hometown: Houston, TX & Natchitoches, LA
High School: Louisiana School For Math, Science, and the Arts
Major: Neuroscience