National Merit honors 15 Northwest ISD students as Commended Scholars
National Merit honors 15 Northwest ISD students as Commended Scholars
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The National Merit Scholarship Program has honored 15 Northwest ISD students as Commended Scholars, signifying their top scores on the PSAT.

High school seniors are annually recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program based on their scores on the PSAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test the previous year. Last year, about 1.6 million students took the PSAT or NMSQT, of which only 34,000 from across the United States are honored as Commended Scholars for their top test scores.

From Byron Nelson High School, eight seniors were named National Merit Commended Scholars based on their PSAT test scores during the 2015-16 academic year – Min Ju Choi, Alicia Decaro, Avery Dukes, Heather Erickson, Olivia Gackenbach, Emmett Rasmussen, Justin Rosas and Emma Thompson. Northwest High School was represented by six Commended Scholar seniors: Sarah Baugh, Nicholas Ignacio, Jacob James, Tylynn John, Benjamin Jones and Praveen Pai. Additionally, Steele Accelerated High School senior Jacob Brown was named a Commended Scholar for his performance on the PSAT.

The students join Byron Nelson’s Gabrielle Williams, a National Merit Semifinalist, in being honored by the prestigious program.

Eaton High School does not have honorees as no students were eligible for the distinction in the school’s inaugural year in 2015-16 because of its lack of juniors at the time.

Byron Nelson's National Merit honorees
Byron Nelson High School's National Merit honorees, from left: Olivia Gackenbach, Alicia Decaro, Min Ju Choi, Emma Thompson, Avery Dukes, Heather Erickson, Gabrielle Williams, Emmett Rasmussen and Justin Rosas

Northwest's National Merit honorees
Northwest High School's National Merit honorees, from left: Jacob James, Sarah Baugh, Benjamin Jones, Tylynn John, Praveen Pai and Nicholas Ignacio

Steele's National Merit honoree, Jacob Brown
Steele Accelerated High School's National Merit honoree, Jacob Brown