30 National Merit Semifinalist, Commended Students at District 99
Thirty District 99 students have been recognized in the 2017 academic competition sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Five students are National Merit Semifinalists and 25 are National Merit Commended Students.
2017 National Merit Semifinalists at Downers Grove North High School
Alexander Book, Emma Wilson, Robert Falconer and Principal Janice Schwarze
2017 National Merit Semifinalists at Downers Grove South High School
Chandana Sooranahalli, Vanessa Copeland and Principal Ed Schwartz
Of the 1.6 million entrants, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named in the U.S. Merit scholarship winners will be selected next spring.
In addition to the semifinalists, 25 students have been recognized as “National Merit Commended Students” in the program. The designation recognizes a student’s “outstanding academic promise,” according to the NMSC. Only about 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are recognized, which represents the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
2017 National Merit Commended Students at Downers Grove South High School
First row: Hannah Janczur, Emilia Kaszyk, Eileen Tyrrell, Lydia Walsh-Rock; Second row: Lauren Smith, Chris Pry, John (Jack) O’Neill, Vishal Sorakayala, Karina Kling, Valerie Blackmore; Third row: Principal Ed Schwartz
2017 National Merit Commended Students at Downers Grove North High School
Front row: Audrey Staron, Emily Grigg, Maria D’Ambrose, Suzanne Baillargeon, Emma Moravec, Lindsay Mathys, Adriana DeLoach, Molly Forouhi; Back row: Charles Stark, David Atwater, Andrew Marszewski, Jack Scacco, Luke Cesario, Christopher Wilford, Jonathan Jeske, Principal Janice Schwarze
“District 99 congratulates these students for being recognized in this prestigious program, which will help them expand their academic opportunities,” says Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele.
For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, please visit www.nationalmerit.org.
For more information about District 99, please visit www.csd99.org.