Eleven Oak Ridge High School students have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The students are Jane L. Abernathy, Ian A. Barclay, Sydney N. Buckner, Natalie R. Cross, Maria M. Dazevedo, Riley M. Fitchpatrick, Nicholas Goldstein, Dasha N. Gorin, Vicki Huang, Warren J. Laforest, and Andrew D Skipper.
ORHS Principal David Bryant will present a letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, to these scholastically talented seniors, a press release said.
The release said about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the Top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), the release said.
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” an NMSC spokesperson said in the release. “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.”