National Merit Scholarship Program Commends 4 Hen Hud Seniors

Four Hendrick Hudson High School seniors were named commended students by the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Montrose, NY—Hendrick Hudson High School Principal James Mackin announced Wednesday that seniors Leandre D. Eberhard, Matthew R. Ledwin, Kyle D. Monk and Conor S. Briggi, have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors. 

According to Principal Mackin, “This recognition is a tremendous opportunity for our students as they begin the college application process. It will help propel them into some of the best schools in our nation. On behalf of the High School Administration I offer them my congratulations.”

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 National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than the 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation,” said an National Merit Scholarship spokesperson. “The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program. We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with additional educational outlets and motivate them in their pursuit of academic achievement.”

“These students have worked exceptionally hard throughout their academic careers to earn this type of honor,” remarked Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Monahan. “This recognition is a testament not only to our students’ dedication and hard work but the efforts of their parents and the entire educational community to maximize student potential for academic success. “


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