Two Named National Merit Commended

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Congratulations to seniors Nathan Jarski and Adam Ross! Both have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship is based on the PSAT test (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test or pre-SAT), which both students took in October 2016.

Over 1.6 million students nationwide took the same test; 50,000 were identified as high  performers – including Nathan and Adam. Of those 50,000, 16,000 were recently designated Semifinalists on a state representational basis. Only Semifinalists have the opportunity to continue in the Merit Scholarship competition and advance to Finalist standing by meeting a number of additional requirements. The remaining 34,000 – like Nathan and Adam – are named Commended Students without regard to state distribution.

Principal Steve Stewart commented, “Nathan and Adam are prime examples what a ‘Pilot’ can achieve through hard work and diligence! They not only strive for excellence, but achieve it! I expect we will hear great things from these fine two young men in the days to come! Great job, gentlemen!!!”

A spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Competition said, “The 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 this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Both Nathan and Adam are in the International Baccalaureate Program here at De La Salle. Nathan is interested in majoring in Materials Engineering at either Virginia Tech or the University of Michigan; Adam is interested in the Sciences at either the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, or Columbia University.

Adam Ross, President John M. Knight, Nathan Jarski


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