Juniors Autumn Hopper and Hayden Schneider have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program, Woodlawn High Principal Scott Stevens announced Friday.
“We are so proud of Autumn and Hayden for earning this prestigious honor. This recognition shows the academic strength of our Panther Nation,” said Stevens.
They received a letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program.
About 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 National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students place among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said 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.”