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ACPS Recognizes Commended Students in 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

commended students Allegany, Fort Hill Students Honored for Exceptional Academic Promise


Allegany County Public Schools has recognized three high school students for being named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Gabriel Hicks and William Swink of Fort Hill High School and Mitchell Septoff of Allegany High School are among nearly 34,000 Commended Students across the nation that are being honored for their exceptional academic promise.


A Letter of Commendation from these students’ schools and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the school principals to these scholastically talented seniors. Although Commended Students will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, they placed in 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/MSQT).


“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”


Published 9/22/20