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Fenwick Students Commended for Academic Achievement by 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

December 11, 2020

14 seniors from seven Chicago suburbs are among the top 50,000 PSAT scorers in the United States.


Fourteen Fenwick seniors have been named “Commended Students” by the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Program, Principal Peter Groom has announced: “We are extremely proud of these students,” Mr. Groom commented, each of whom has received a letter of commendation from NMSC:

Anthony Battaglia - Melrose Park (Grace Lutheran School, River Forest)
Aidan Breslin – Westmont (Notre Dame School, Clarendon Hills)
Mary Cahill - River Forest (Roosevelt Middle School)
Margaret Chudik - Western Springs (McClure Junior High)
Damian Dalic - Oak Brook (St. Luke Parish School, River Forest)
Caden Gierstorf - Oak Park (St. Giles Catholic School)
Paulina Harnisch - River Forest (Ascension Catholic School, Oak Park)
Clare Hill - Western Springs (McClure Junior High)
Mary Jacobs - River Forest (St. Luke Parish School)
Logan Maue - Oak Park (St. Giles Catholic School)
Mary Rose Nelligan - Oak Park (Ascension Catholic School)
John Prabhu - Oak Brook (Visitation Catholic School, Elmhurst)
Griffin Vrdyolyak – Hinsdale (St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School)
John Williams – Berwyn (Ascension Catholic School, Oak Park)

Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Those named as Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “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.”


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