Four students from St. Johnsbury Academy were named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program: Katherine Keenan of Lancaster, N.H.; William Jones of Waterford; Patrick Lawlor of West Glover; and Isaac Woods of St. Johnsbury. All four students placed in the top 5 percent of students taking the PSAT in 2013. Isaac Woods was further recognized as a 2014-15 National Hispanic Recognition award recipient.
A spokesperson from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation commented, "The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. 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 excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic excellence."
Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "I was not surprised to learn that these four students earned this commendation from the NMSC -- they all possess impressive academic potential, and the drive to succeed in whatever they do. I look forward to celebrating further accolades with them as they continue their senior year."