School of the Holy Child seniors Francesca Cicileo, Stephanie Hogan and Caylene Parrish have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Chosen on the basis of high scores on the Preliminary SAT, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students nationwide—an achievement Joanna Broda, director of college counseling, says is quite an accomplishment.
“School of the Holy Child is honored
to acknowledge the wonderful achievement of these three National Merit Commended Students,” says Broda, who noted that all three seniors are active in National Honor Society (NHS), numerous school clubs and organizations in the community. “We are proud of the national recognition these students have brought to Holy Child and, more importantly, to themselves.”
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
Earlier this fall, Holy Child announced that senior and Chappaqua resident Caitlin Hogan is a National Merit Semifinalist. Semifinalists will continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.
Nikki Erlick '12 was a 2012 National Merit Scholarship winner.