29 Darien High School Students Named National Merit Scholarship ‘Commended Students’

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Ellen Dunn, Principal of Darien High School, announced today that these 29 students have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program:


— an announcement from Darien High School


Susan Alptekin, Kyra Balenzano, Claire Borecki, Elizabeth Borecki, Katherine Cunningham, James Fay, Indira Flores, Harrison Gill, Malcolm Hamilton-Hall, Ben Hayes, Katherine Huffert, James Johnson, Valerie Le, Timothy Luz, Brendan Mahoney, Catharine Morgan, Caleigh Morr, Laura Murphy, Madeleine Ostertag, Jensen Peters, Emily Roberson, Colin Shaughnessy, Johnathan Stimpson, Emily Torrente, Candice Wang, Keenan Warble, Samantha Wind, Walker Wind and Griffin Xie.

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 2017 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 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.”

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