Three named Commended Scholars in National Merit Scholarship Program

Three La Salle seniors have been commended by the National Merit Scholarship program.

Andrew Harder ‘20, Kenneth Nguyen ‘20, and Ashley Smith ‘20 each earned the Commended Student designation by the earning high enough Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test® Selection Index scores -- calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores – to qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.

The distinction means that the three are among the highest scorers on the test taken by 1.6 million students last fall.

Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some become candidates for scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a National Merit Scholarship spokesman in announcing the names of the 34,000 Commended Scholars.

“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.”

In addition to the three Commended Scholars, Franny Bengtson '20 has been named a National Merit Semifinalist.

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