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2018 National Merit Commended Scholars

Posted on: September 28, 2017
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The National Merit Scholarship Program has released their list of Commended Scholars for 2018. Four of those students are Kings High School Seniors!  Congratulations to Shannon Jelley, Spencer Kinkelaar, John Naughton, and Tyler Roetenberger.

More than 1.6 million students entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).  National Merit identified the 50,000 high scorers and is recognizing their exceptional academic promise by designating them Commended Students.  Commended students are named on the basis of a national Selection Index qualifying score of 211, applicable to all participants without regard to state-by-state distribution. The qualifying score for this level may vary from year to year, but it’s within the 96th percentile of college-bound juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.

A spokesperson for National Merit commented, "These young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. 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."

Although Commended Students are honored for their academic promise, they do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards. Some, however, may be candidates for special scholarships offered by corporate sponsors. Congratulations!

Pictured above L-R: Shannon Jelley, John Naughton, and Tyler Roetenberger. Not pictured: Spencer Kinkelaar.