Seven Darien High School students have been named national merit semi-finalists and 17 more have been named "commended students, Darien High School Principal Ellen Dunn announced Tuesday.
Here are the semi-finalists:
John Foley, Nicole Gagne, Kelly Karczewski, Catherine Lacy, Andrew Morgan, Daniel Murphy, and Cameron Van de Graaf.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website:
"In February, some 15,000 semifinalists are notified by mail at their
home addresses that they have advanced to finalist standing. High
school principals are notified and provided with a certificate to
present to each finalist."
16,000 students nationwide have been recognized as National Merit
Semi-Finalists," according to a news release from the high school. "These students will continue in the National Merit
program and will be candidates to receive a scholarship from the
The rest of the news release follows:
Ellen Dunn, principal of Darien High School, announced today that the following students have been named commended students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program:
Sandhya Avula, Matthew Benz, Sloane Bessey, Victoria Chao, Matthew Coley, Michael Colon, Kyra Gardner, Caroline Granath, Nicholas Kunze, Matthew Lesko, Austin McLaughlin, Kathleen Moran, Channing Pear, Emily Roney, Alexander Sedlack, Cameron Smith, and Dorry Zhao.
A Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Mrs. Dunn to these scholastically talented seniors.
Approximately 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 Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five 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 young men and women being named commended students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “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.”