Canajoharie High School seniors Sydney Weingart and Madeline Elliott are Commended Students – among the top 0.2 percent – in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program (NSMP).
The NSMP, which began in 1955, is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter by meeting certain requirements and taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The test is from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year.
Of that 1.6 million, about 50,000 students across the country are recognized initially for their academic prowess. About two-thirds of those recognized, roughly 34,000 students, are then named Commended Students. Remaining students move on to compete for scholarship prizes.
”The young men and women named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. ”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.”
Canajoharie High School Principal Rebecca Gleason presented both Weingart and Elliott with a Letter of Commendation from the school and NMSC.