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National Merit Scholarship Program names 11 at D-B as Commended Students

Marybeth McLain • Oct 7, 2019 at 9:15 AM

KINGSPORT — Eleven Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named Commended Students in the 65th annual 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, designed to identify and honor the top high school students in the United States.

In addition, two of those 11 have been named in the National Hispanic Recognition Program Class of 2020.

Those named as Commended Students from D-B are Nathaniel Barton, son of Benjamin and Alison Barton; Natalie Bates, daughter of Chad and Gayle Bates; Allison Gamble, daughter of Ben and Nancy Gamble; Ethan Glover, son of Scott and Tiffany Glover; Gavin Harman, son of Eric and Monica Harman; Owen Klug, son of Jeremy and Ellen Klug; Kynadi Lane, daughter of Michael and Wendy Lane; Behrod Nejad, son of Mohammad Nejad and Fatemeh Yamani; Joshua Romero, son of Jon and Sunny Romero; Emma Russum, daughter of Ryan and Marci Russum; and Pia Winkler, daughter of Uwe Winkler and Karen Salazar.

Those named in the National Hispanic Recognition Program Class of 2020 are Joshua Romero and Pia Winkler.

“It is exciting to recognize and celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of these 11 outstanding students,” D-B Principal Chris Hampton said. “They contribute significantly in their classes and are leaders in cocurricular activities and in the community. I am eager to see the big decisions and next steps that await all of these exceptional individuals.”

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2018 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.

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, go online to nationalmerit.org. For more information on the National Hispanic Recognition Program, go online to collegeboard.org/nhrp.

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