|On Friday, September 25th, two Sixth Form students were named "Commended Students" in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Drake Marshall and Paul Jin. Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.|
“This is a significant achievement, especially when you consider that our students’ scores are ranked within the most challenging pool in the nation,” said Father Dunnan. “Drake (shown far right) and Paul (left) also have very strong academic records, so their scores are consistent with their overall scholastic achievement.”
Approximately 34,000 students throughout the nation were recognized as Commended Students for their exceptional academic promise. Although the Saint James students will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 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 National Merit Scholarship Corporation. "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."