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Hall High School Announces National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

Hall High School National Merit Scholar Semifinalists and Commended students. Pictured are (back row, from left): Rose Kitz (SF), Joshua Lou, Jonathan Schwartz, Zachary Sobel-Pressman, Nina Faynshtayn, Layla Malhas, Corina Chang (SF). Front row (from left): Amy Hidalgo (SF), Alicia Chiu, Zimeng Fan (SF), Nadia Alsubai, Ella Novitsky, Ashley Granquist (SF). Missing from photo: Anish Aitha, Noel Fagan, Nathan Miller, Joseph Snider, and Riley Steinberg. Courtesy photo

Thirteen students from West Hartford’s Hall High School Class of 2020 have been named Commended Scholars.

Submitted by Amy Shaffer, Student Activities/Career Center Coordinator, Hall High School

Dan Zittoun, principal of William H. Hall High School, announced the 13 students who have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

These recipients are: Anish Aitha, Nadia Alsubai, Alicia Chiu, Noel Fagan, Nina Faynshtayn, Joshua Lou, Layla Malhas, Nathan Miller, Ella Novitsky, Jonathan Schwartz, Joseph Snider, Zachary Sobel-Pressman, and Riley Steinberg.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“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.”

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