Two Rolla High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Rolla High School Principal Dr. Jim Pritchett made the announcement that Sudatta Hor and Kathleen Beetner were recognized as Commended Students. Hor and Beetner join roughly 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors. Commended Students placed among 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 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.”