District News

2020 KHS National Merit Commended Scholars

Posted on: September 27, 2019
2020 KHS National Merit Commended Scholars
The National Merit Scholarship Program has released its list of Commended Scholars for 2020. Three of those students are Kings High School Seniors. Congratulations to Zachary Baker, Olivia Gatto, and Cameron Robinson.
About 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 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
A spokesperson for National Merit commented, "These students represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
After high school, Zach plans to attend college to obtain a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. His ultimate goal is to work as a researcher to help uncover the limitless possibilities that lie within the molecular makeup of all life, and to find ways to use those results in order to improve the lives of people everywhere.
Olivia's top picks for colleges right now are Columbia and Vanderbilt. She wants to study psychology and be a clinical psychologist or a therapist. She would also like to continue writing poetry and stories and maybe get published someday. During college, she is also hoping to study philosophy and literature.
Cameron's plans include attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to major in either physics or mathematics.
Although Commended Students are honored for their academic promise, they do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards. Some, however, may be candidates for special scholarships offered by corporate sponsors.