Dr. Beth A. Smith, Shelton High School Headmaster, announced Shelton High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Letters of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, were presented to Emma Parkes, Cristina Chirsky and Natalie Klimazewski. Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Although they will not continue on the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended students placed in the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/ 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 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.”