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Brighton High’s Haley Taylor Named a Semifinalist in 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to Brighton High School’s Haley Taylor, who was selected as a semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is one of more than a dozen Canyons District students and 16,000 students nationwide chosen as semifinalists.

Merit Scholar designees are selected because of their outstanding skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

If designated as finalists in February, these students will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit Scholarships in the amount of $2,500. Winners will be announced beginning in April.

Cracking the Code: Brighton High’s Kaitlyn Lowe Bests College Students in Global Programming Contest

As a high school student competing against college students in a global computer programming contest, Brighton senior Kaitlyn Lowe didn’t think she really had a chance at winning.

Nevertheless, she really wanted the t-shirt promised to all those who completed all three parts of the IBM Master the Mainframe competition, so, after completing step one and two in her Computer Science and Programming class at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC), she persevered to the end on her own.

To her surprise, in January, Kaitlyn discovered that she was chosen as a regional winner of the elite competition, representing the United States. Of the other eight regional winners chosen from throughout the world, only one is a high school student. The rest are graduate and undergraduate students from as far away as Japan and Algeria.

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