Five St. Johnsbury Academy seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit® Scholarship Program.

Julian Grant, Adam Marchesseault, Giovanini Mier and Cyrus Ready-Campbell, all of of St. Johnsbury; and David Rubenstein, a boarding student from Massachusetts, are among about 34,000 Commended Students recognized nationwide for their exceptional academic promise.

Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT®), which serves as qualifying exam for the Merit Scholarship program.

The young men and women named Commended Scholars have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," a spokesperson for the program said. "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 success."

Although they will not continue in the 2011 National Merit® Scholarship competition, some of the Commended Students become candidates for Merit Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Additional information and a list of corporate organizations that sponsor Merit Special Scholarships can be found at www.nationalmerit.org.

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