The National Merit Scholarship Program announced that seven seniors from La Salle College High School have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Principal Michael O’Toole ’68 to these scholastically talented students.
Founded in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in Evanston, IL was established to reward high school students for academic excellence. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2011 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation,” commented a NMSC spokesperson. “The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program. We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with additional educational outlets and motivate them in their pursuit of academic achievement.”
PHOTO – PICTURED (left to right): Brother James Butler, FSC, Connor McHugh, Joseph Dooney, William Lucas, Anthony Mercader, Kevin Groome, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Principal Michael O’Toole
Missing from the photo: Robert Stratton