Union Catholic's Mendoza of Edison, Falconer, and Tennant Honored by National Merit Scholarship Program

Union Catholic's Sara Tennant (far left), Colleen Falconer (middle) and Janessa Mendoza received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program Credits: Jim Lambert

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Union Catholic seniors Janessa Mendoza, Colleen Falconer, and Sara Tennant were honored during a ceremony at the school on Monday morning for receiving a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Letter of Commendation was awarded to Mendoza, Falconer, and Tennant for their outstanding performances on the 2016 Preliminary SAT.

High school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, which began in 1955, by taking the PSAT, a test that serves approximately 1.6 million entrants each year. Of those 1.6 million students, approximately 50,000 students with the highest PSAT scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Mendoza, Falconer, and Tennant were all honored and flattered to be recognized for their academic success.

“It shows that all my hard work has paid off,’’ said Mendoza, who lives in Edison. “I came into taking the PSAT not knowing about this, so to be awarded with this is such an honor.’’

“It’s a really big honor,’’ said Falconer, who resides in Maplewood and achieved a perfect score on the English portion of the ACT. “I’m really excited about it and flattered and surprised. It’s very gratifying.''

“It’s a great honor and a reminder of how far I’ve come since I entered high school, and even though the future may seem scary it can hold really good possibilities,’’ said Tennant, who has also achieved a perfect composite score on her ACT, receiving perfect scores in the math, science, STEM, and reading sections.

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