Weekly Feature

2017-11-15 / Local News

Kenmore seniors named Commended Students

Sarah Coupal, David McGonagle and Christopher Orrange, all seniors at Kenmore West High School, have been named Commended Students as part of the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers out of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for NMSC.

“These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Students from across the country compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes outstanding academic performance and extracurricular achievement.

Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program narrows down more than 1.5 million entrants to only 50,000 based on PSAT scores, according to the Ken-Ton School District.

Two-thirds of those students — approximately 30,000 nationally — are named Commended Students. In addition to receiving letters of commendation, some qualify for scholarships.

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