Delavan-Darien High School senior Andrew Pierson has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, Principal Mark Schmitt announced.
A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Schmitt to Pierson, a scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 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,” according to a spokesperson from the NMSC. “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.”