NEWTON, NJ—Newton High School Principal, Jeff Waldron, announced that a Newton High School student was named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Michael Burke, the Newton High School student was presented with a Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by Waldron.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for 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.”

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There are approximately 34,000 commended students throughout the nation that are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Even though they will not continue on in the 2017 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).