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Eight high school students recognized by National Merit program

Posted Thursday, September 29, 2005

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Chatham County, NC - Eight students from Chatham County high schools have been named Commended Students in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Program. Phillip Rives Roscoe of Chatham Central High School and Christino Reyes of Jordan-Matthews are among the honorees. Brian Austin, Nathan Bryant, Douglas Ewald, Kevin Straughn, Andrew Thompson and Jamie Wagner of Northwood High School are honored as well. Each will receive a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation which conducts the program.

Approximately 34,000 students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2006 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than one million students who entered the 2006 competition by taking the 2004 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

A spokesperson for the National Merit Program commented, “It is important to acknowledge the attainments of academically talented students and to credit schools for the key role they play in their development. We hope the recognition received by these able young men and women who are commended in this rigorous, nationwide competition will encourage them to take advantage of opportunities for higher education and to diligently pursue their professional goals.”

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