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National Merit Commended students announced

Highland Park High School is proud to announce 32 seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholastically talented students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic performance.

A Letter of Commendation from HPHS and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to each of these students by HPHS Principal Jeremy Gilbert. 

“Congratulations to our 32 Commended Students,” said Gilbert. “What a testament to the time, energy, and sacrifices made by each of these students as they prepared for this academic competition.”

National Merit Commended Students are:

Katherine S. Ahn
Tyee S. Arey
Alicia C. Bi
Mitchell L. Carew
Hayden H. Chandler
Sophia Y. Chung
Liam J. Conner
Taylor M. Copeland Harrison B. Dugger
Michael J. Egenes

Donald C. Grushey 
Benjamin I. Guffey 
Bradley D. Harrod
Christina Healy
Sarah Ho
Emilie S. Hong
Katherine Huang
Mitchell S. Jackson
Charlotte K. Lassarat
Xander A. McLendon


Sophia F. Pan
Bela S. Pathak
Sophie L. Robertson
Saif E. Saleh
Benjamin N. Smith
Sophia Terraciano-Spence
Ella L. Thompson
Ana G. Tiscareno
Jitesh S. Vemula
Dicong Wang 
Amelia A. Wilson
Haoyu Zhong