Nathan Cutler and Joseph Meade have been named Commended Students in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to Harwood Union Principal Duane Pierson. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being
recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will
not continue in the 2011 competition for National Merit Scholarships,
Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5
million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2009
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
"Recognition of high-achieving students is essential to advancing educational excellence in our nation," commented a spokesperson from NMSC. "As demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program, the young men and women named Commended Students represent some of the most academically talented students in our country. We sincerely hope this recognition will enhance their educational opportunities and encourage them in their pursuit of academic success."