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30 Seniors Named Commended Students

Thirty Staples High School seniors were recently named commended students in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program .

The students recognized are Allison Blauvett, Ian Chasnow, Chenchen Feng, Brittany Hamlin, Ingrid Johnson, Cole Manley, Joseph Stopper, Noah Weingart, Jeremy Rubel, Gabriel Block, Farrel Levenson, James Cawley, Rebecca Bobrow, Nicole Seo, Emily Hanrahan, Jacqueline Reilly, Elana Machlis, Stephanie Nussbaum, Jennifer Lunde, Joshua Greenberg, Benjamin Brancucci, Curtis Chen, Haris Durrani, Brendan Bernstein, Emily Harris, Eric Lubin, Grace Olsen, David Mally, Joshua Levenson, and Andrew Appleman.

Staples Principal John Dodig presented each student with a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program.

About 34,000 students across the country have been named commended students and are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students are named on the basis of a nationally applied selection index score. This score is below the level required for participants to be named semifinalists in their states.

Although these students are no longer in the running for National Merit Scholarships, they placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Eleven seniors were named semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program in September.

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