UNION, NJ – Union High students Hanson Harjono-Lee and Karan Patel have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, announced Principal Corey Lowery. 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

"The Township of Union School District is pleased to be able to provide our students with the opportunity to demonstrate their excellence by administering the PSAT to all grade ten and eleven students”, said Supervisor of Counseling Nicole Ahern.  “These two students serve as great examples with their receipt of Commended Scholars for their performance on the PSAT."

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A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

“The young men and women 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.”