Central Heights’ Watts and Gast Earn National Merit Recognition
According to a press release, Central Heights High School announced Monday that two students, Kylie Gast (center in pic) and Hadley Watts (left in pic), have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation was presented to each of these talented seniors Monday by Central Heights High School Principal Jonathan Vick.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation will be recognized this year for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students place among the top scorers of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," a spokesperson for NMSC said. "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."