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40 students named National Merit Commended Students & 9 students earn National Hispanic Scholar honors

Highland Park High School Principal Walter Kelly announced that 40 seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, nine students have been named National Hispanic Scholars. The students will be honored at a special breakfast Nov. 13.
Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who took the 2016 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
"Congratulations to our 40 National Merit Commended students and nine National Hispanic Scholars," HPHS Principal Walter Kelly said. "Beyond the sheer number of students being honored, each one of them has demonstrated high levels of academic achievement over many years and is involved in so many ways throughout our school. We are proud of them for what they have done, who they are, and that they represent our elementary, intermediate, middle, and high schools so well"

Commended students are:
Blake L. Barton
Samuel Bentley
William R. Cerny
Frank J. Cinatl
Michael C. Cochran
Lily C. Cormier
Kiersten Diercks
Peter J. Egenes
Will R. Elphingstone
Madison R. Fagan
Matthew R. Forbes
Victor F. Francisco
Avery R. Hall
Gabriella H. Hall
Julie A. Herrick
Claire C. Hockett
Cole T. Johnson
Cailin E. Jordan
Sophia Kanaan
Grant S. Kipp
Gabriel C. Kline
Megan J. Liu
Mia L. London
Andrew T. Lupton
Sarah T. Minto-Sparks
Noble Nash
Shelby D. Nelson
Leonora D. Owsley
Sarah E. Reedy
Nolan Roberts
Carmen E. Santiago-Urbauer
Randall Scarborough
Luke a. Schmit
Shaffin Siddiqui
Jackson P. Smith
Bhavana L. Thota
Brynn M. Weakley
Eric Zhang
Samuel S. Zhang
Kevin K. Zhou

In addition, the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program identified about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from a nationwide total of more than 250,000 high school juniors in the United States and U.S. Territories who took the PSAT/NMSQT and designated themselves as Hispanic/Latino.
The 2018 HPHS Hispanic Scholars are:
Christina Bambach
Robert Cowan
Nicolas Gerstein-Lozano
Gabriella H. Hall
Adam Hartman
Sofia Lara
Carmen E. Santiago-Urbauer
Carolyn Saplicki
Michael Segrest