WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School's Commended Students in the 2020 Merit Scholarship program were recently named, marking the continued trend in the increase of academic student recognition by national organizations.

This year's Merit Scholars, pictured above with Principal Hayden Moore, include: Jackson Edwards, William Shick, Vanessa LaFleur, Anika Fernandes, Kevin Ng, Nathan Daniel, Salam Makhdoom, Isabella Pappano and Chloe Mengden.

"Our Merit Scholars are a great example of how students have applied themselves academically at West Orange High School," said Moore. "We are proud of them and their recognition as Merit Scholars. My thanks to the faculty, staff, and administrators that have helped to empower our students to achieve this outstanding recognition.”

Approximately 34,000 students nationwide received the honor, placing them in the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students entering the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).