Whitman Has Four National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

Congratulations to the following students on their designation as a
Congratulations to the following students on their designation as a "Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program" Students left to right in photo: Amanda Lund, Jessica Malone, Aniqa Raihan, and Sarah Riordan. The students are joined by Whitman Principal Ms. Kathleen Acker (center).
Walt Whitman has four distinguished students who have been named as commended students to the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. First is Amanda Lund, whose time at Whitman has been filled with Varsity Dance team, Varsity Girls Badminton, Leadership, National Honor Society, and the World Language Society, for which she serves as secretary. She is considering several colleges but to date is undecided about her first choice. She is fairly certain that she will be majoring in psychology with a focus on experimental and research studies.

Jess Malone is another distinguished senior who has not yet decided where her first-choice college will be for the fall, but she hopes to continue her love for drama at a school in New York City. Jess is a member of the Theater Honor Society, Women’s Choir, and Whitman Choral. She has performed in numerous theater productions, and she is a member of both the National Honor Society and the TriM Music Honor Society.

As a member of the Walt Whitman Color Guard, Aniqa Raihan is in the middle of a busy Marching Band competitive season. When not competing in Color Guard, Aniqa is involved in Natural Helpers and the Robotics Club, and she is a member of both the National and French Honor Societies. Aniqa will be attending University of California at Berkeley in the fall, where she plans on majoring in international relations and linguistics.

Whitman’s fourth National Merit Scholarship commended student is Sarah Riordan. As a member of the Chamber Orchestra, Student Government, JV Tennis, and Xanadu, as well as Tri-M, Theater Club, and National Honor Societies, Sarah is enjoying a full plate of Whitman extracurricular activities. She has not yet decided where she wants to go to college in the fall, but she plans on majoring in pre-med and wants to specialize in neurology as a future physician.


The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)


Commended Students:
In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.