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Dobyns-Bennett has 10 Commended Students in National Merit program

Marybeth McLain • Sep 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Ten Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named as Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, a program designed to identify and honor the top high school students in the United States.

Those named as Commended Students from D-B are Ian Boldea, son of Lucian Boldea and Melania Bochis; Jason Carter, son of David and Danette Carter; Annika Cleven, daughter of Curtis and Detra Cleven; Hallie Elsevier, daughter of Brian Elsevier; David Lee, son of Brandon and Cherese Lee; Susan Mahaffey, daughter of Paul and Dixie Mahaffey; Abigail Nash, daughter of Jim and Joanna Nash; James Root, son of James and Lisa Root; Katerina Scott, daughter of Terry and Jasnena Scott; and Amelia Spell, daughter of Steven and Suzanne Spell.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, as 13 from Northeast Tennessee including seven from D-B will, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screening of program entrants. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.

“It is exciting to recognize and celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of these 10 outstanding students,” said D-B Principal Chris Hampton. “They contribute significantly in their classes and are leaders in cocurricular activities and in the the community. I am eager to see the big decisions and next steps that await all of these exceptional individuals.”

Approximately 16,000 U.S. students qualified as semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation provides scholarship application materials to semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semifinalists must advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409 or visit nationalmerit.org.

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