Howell HS student receives National Merit Commendation status

Timothy Atkins

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Howell High School senior Timothy Atkins has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. To honor his achievement, Atkins was presented with a Letter of Commendation from Howell High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

While Commended students will not continue in the 2020 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, they have placed in 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 Quiz.

“At Howell High School and Howell Public Schools, we are very proud of Timothy for being named a Commended Student, said Jason Schrock, Howell High School principal. “Having one of the top 50,000 scores out of more than 1.5 million tests taken is a very honorable achievement.”

“Those being named 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.”

About the National Merit Scholarship Program

To participate in the National Merit Scholarship program, a student must take the PSAT/NMSQT and meet the program entry requirements. Of the more than 1.5 million entrants in the 2020 program, 34,000 students were named Commended Students, and 16,000 advanced as semifinalists in the program.

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