SUMMIT, NJ - Oak Knoll's  Audrey F. Picut of Warren was one of five Oak Knoll School (OKS) seniors named as commended students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program as a result of their individual academic performances.

Five OKS students were recognized, including:

- Emily A. Goncalves, of Elizabeth
- Audrey F. Picut, of Warren
- Valerie F. Ricciardi, of New Vernon
- Safia S. Speer, of Mountain Lakes

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- Margaret Mumma of Summit 

The seniors are among the approximately 34,000 students who earn commended status throughout the nation each year, placing them the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2014 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“We are pleased to have our students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding performance on the PSAT. It is an indicator of their commitment to academic achievement,” said Kathleen Skiff, director of college counseling.