GPS Has 11 Commended Students

Monday, September 30, 2013
GPS has 11 National Merit Commended students
GPS has 11 National Merit Commended students

Eleven members of the GPS senior class were honored as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program on Monday. 

Morgan Ball, Madison Bratcher, Eleanor Brock, Macy Cox, Lauchlan Davis, Jessica Erhart, Shannon Han, Jackie Kliner, Taylor Pels, Bonnie St. Charles, and Meghna Talluri, all residents of the greater Chattanooga area, received letters of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and GPS. Ms. Brock is spending her senior year in a Cultural/Language immersion program in Murcia, Spain.

Including the 11 Commended Students, GPS had a total of 15 students honored by the NMSC, 16 percent of the senior class of 96 girls. Classmates Anna Carroll, Rebecca Jenkins, Megan Rohn, and Lucy Whitfield were previously announced as National Merit Semifinalists. Anna Carroll and Macy Cox were additionally notified that they are among those selected as 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a NSMC spokesperson, adding that the 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.” 

The Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


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