National Merit Commended Students
September 29, 2012
Ten Lee’s Summit R-7 School District seniors were recently named National Merit Scholarship Corporation commended students through the national program.
Students recognized are Alec Hanshaw and Wes Orth, Lee’s Summit High School; Zachary Hall, Claire Hawley and Martha Weilert, Lee’s Summit North High School; and Lauren Gaunt, Laura Kelly, Christopher Matthews, Adam Barry-Ford and Madalyn Arsenault, Lee’s Summit West High School.
Letters of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, are presented to these academically talented seniors. 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 Merit Scholarship awards, commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Founded in 1955 to conduct the annual Merit Scholarship competition, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a privately financed, not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance. The organization announced its semifinalists earlier this fall, and commended students were just recently named.