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Wilton High School Seniors Earn National Merit Commendation

A total of 24 seniors from Wilton High School were named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
A total of 24 seniors from Wilton High School were named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. —  Hard work pays off. Just ask the 24 Wilton High School seniors who were named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition that recognizes and rewards students for their achievements.

The Commended Students are Alexandra  Alper; John Benenati; Christina Brandt; David Brown; Casey Chase; Natalie Clark; Jill Detrick-Yee; Price Figurelli-Reid; Keiley Gaston; Mary Elizabeth Greer; Sarah Healy; Alison Hiestand; Claire Hirsch; Madeline Hoffman; Kimberly Holmgren; Roger Hueglin; Connor Johnson; Kristian Langholm; Kyle Miller; Isaac Pak; Angele Poirier; Dominic Schefers; Jack Walsh; and Matthew Webb.

“We are extremely proud of these students,” Wilton High School Principal Robert O’Donnell said. “In addition to us being proud, I know their families are proud, too. They have done a good job supporting these students, which is so important.”

These Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2012 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

"The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country," the National Merit Scholarship Corp. said in a statement. "We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with additional educational outlets and motivate them in their pursuit of academic achievement."

In addition to receiving Letters of Commendation, each student was called down to the principal’s office where they were personally congratulated by O’Donnell and members of his administrative team, O’Donnell said.

These Commended Students aren’t the only Wilton High School seniors who were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, 11 other seniors were named semifinalists in the competition.

O’Donnell said having so many students recognized for their academic success speaks to the overall quality of education offered in Wilton.

“We have a very strong academic program here and our students have had excellent teachers from K-12,” O’Donnell said. “We feel our students come to us very well prepared. They are quite diligent and take their studies seriously.”

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