6 Seniors named National Merit Commended Scholars, 3 named National Hispanic Scholars

6 Seniors named National Merit Commended Scholars, 3 named National Hispanic Scholars

This year, six Sacred Heart Greenwich students have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program: Malika Amoruso, Caroline Badagliacca, Katherine Harkins, Sydney Kim, Erin O’Connor, and Eliza Stanley. Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 and Head of Upper School Jenn Bensen P’10 H’15 presented the students with their Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, during morning meeting on Thursday, September 26th. 

Over 30,000 students throughout the nation were recognized for their exceptional academic promise as Commended Scholars this year. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

In addition, Valentina Grether, Sydney Kim, and Pamela Rosenburgh have been named National Hispanic Scholars through CollegeBoard's National Hispanic Recognition Program. The students receive this honor after scoring in the top 2.5% among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in our region and, as a result, being asked to submit an application. Their recognition as National Hispanic Scholars is based on both their high performance on the test and the strength of their application. 

Head of Upper School Jenn Bensen commented on the awards, saying, "The six seniors named Commended Students epitomize the value of a Sacred Heart Greenwich education. They each have achieved tremendous academic success in addition to successes on the playing fields and stage, in their faith studies and in the service of others. And we are so proud of our three National Hispanic Scholars for living out our mission of being global leaders." 

Earlier this month, seniors Valentina Grether and Pamela J. Rosenburgh were named National Merit Scholar semi-finalists.

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