SOMERVILLE, NJ - Four students from Somerville High School have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 Amanda Hegadorn, Sasha Raina, Gillian Reinhardt, and Juliet Walnoha have been awarded a Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation which conducts the program.

Gerard Foley, school principal, made the presentation.

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About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for 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.”