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National Merit Commended Students Announced

Photo [Left to Right]: Casey Ostrowski, Markus Skelton, Ian Ross, Katharine Yang, Ruby Bouhassira, Sawyer Pollard, Benjamin Halperin


NMC 2019

Seven Hastings High School Students Named National Merit Commended Students


Hastings-on-Hudson, NY – Hastings High School is proud to announce that seven students have received recognition as National Merit Commended students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performance on the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). These students obtained a selection score of 212 or above on the PSAT. Congratulations to Ruby Bouhassira, Benjamin Halperin, Casey Ostrowski, Sawyer Pollard, Ian Ross, Markus Skelton and Katharine Yang.

The PSAT is a preliminary exam that helps students prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT); and Hastings High School administers the PSAT to high school juniors during school hours. This year’s test date is October 16, 2019.

In all, 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 (PSAT/NMSQT®). 

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

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