13 seniors earn National Merit
Thirteen Upper St. Clair High School seniors were recently recognized as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Thomas W. Bednarz, Michael J. Besser, Amatheon C. Bohan, Michael A. Camburn, Mackenzie D. Damon, Raahema F. Durrani, Aaron T. Fultineer, Abigail C. Happ, Philip R. Hoffman, Shayan Jalali, Yash S. Lahoti, Allie R. Ryave and Yang Zhang scored in the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who completed the 2015 PSAT, the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. “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.”
Thomas, Michael, Amatheon, Michael, Mackenzie, Raahema, Aaron, Abigail, Philip, Shayan, Yash, Allie and Yang join about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
In mid-September the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the program’s Semifinalists, which included 12 Upper St. Clair seniors
. In total, 25 Upper St. Clair students earned recognition as a Semifinalist or Commended Student.
“National Merit recognition is among the most prestigious academic accomplishments for high school students,” Dr. Louis Angelo said. “These 25 seniors have distinguished themselves as some of the nation’s most promising students.”
For more information regarding the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit: www.nationalmerit.org