Letters of Commendation from the school and National MeritScholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, were presented to Philip Smolitsky, Christopher Pereira and James R. Hunter. Approximately 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue on the 2016 competition for National MeritScholarships, Commended students placed in the top five percent of the more than 1.5million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“The young men and women being namedCommended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,”commented a spokesperson for 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 excellence.”