GHS students recognized

Fifty-one Greenwich High School (GHS) students recently received recognition for their outstanding performance from the National Merit Scholarship Program with seventeen students qualifying as National Merit Semifinalists, thirty-two as Commended Students, two as National Hispanic Scholars and one who is a National Achievement Program Outstanding Participant.

The National Merit Scholarship Program, now in its fifty-eighth year, identifies and honors academically talented students to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence in education. Each year, juniors across the country take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). This standardized test, which measures reading, math problem solving and writing skills, provides students a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program.

This academic achievement is reflective of the hard work and commitment made by GHS students. The school proudly announced their accomplishments and shared in celebrating with parents, faculty and administration at the National Merit Recognition Breakfast held Nov. 15 in the school’s Media Center.

The following seventeen Greenwich High School students are among those attending either public or private schools in Connecticut who met the standard for National Merit Semifinalists: Jordan Abbasi, August Allocco, Daniel Carr, Robert Cheng, Rachel Connolly, Alexandria Edelson, Mary Harrigan, Victoria Hoffmeister, Rebecca Kural, Stephen Le Breton, Justin Lee, Allison Litt, Parthiv Naresh, Samuel Savitz, Chloe Volkwein, Thomas Yang, and Anne Zhang.

The following thirty-two GHS students are among those from Connecticut who qualified as Commended Students: Jessica Bernstein, Sarah Bradley, Danielle Brooks, Alexander Chou, Mary Cirino, Elise Colbert, Zachary Dobryn, Adam Ellenbogen, Trevor Frey, Marco Grandinetti, Oliver Grueterich, Jackson Howard, Elizabeth Johnson, Sem Kroon, Elizabeth Kropp, Jessica Kuesel, Esther Lee, Joseph Lee, Emma Mathes, Michael McCaffrey, Christina Mirza, Emma Montgomery, Eamon Murphy, Uyen Nguyen, Blake Niehaus, Matthew Thomas, Maureen Tracey, Daniel Wilbanks, Samuel Wolansky, Madeline Wolf, Kaho Yamamoto, and James Yoon.

Also recognized through the PSAT/NMSQT are nearly 5,000 students who qualify for the National Hispanic Recognition Program. This program identifies the highest scoring students from a pool of more than 200,000 Hispanic/Latino students who participated in the testing. These two GHS students received National Hispanic Program Scholar recognition: Elise Colbert and Victoria Houson.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program recognizes the top-scoring three percent of more than 160,000 black Americans who took the PSAT/NMSQT. Morgan McGann is the 2013 National Achievement Program Outstanding Participant from GHS.

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