High School’s National Merit Commended Students

Three North Salem High School students have earned acknowledgement from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Congratulations to Nicholas Blackwood, Catherine Budd and Carolyn Diamond for being among the approximately 34,000 students nationwide who were named Commended Students by the NMSC. Principal Dr. Patricia Cyganovich presented the three Commended Students with Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized as part of the 2016 competition. North Salem’s scholastically talented seniors placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the scholarship competition by taking the 2013 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.”