By Judy Bass
Bridget Kelley of Avon, a senior at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, has been named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
As the Program’s web site explains, “The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) —a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.”
The web site adds: “In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.”
Kelley, who is studying Engineering Technology at Blue Hills, expressed great pleasure in her accomplishment. “I feel very proud of myself for the award. The work I put into the test paid off, and it’s definitely satisfying. I plan on going to a four-year school next year. I’m looking at and applying to mostly technical schools like RPI and MIT. For now, I have decided to declare as a general engineering student, but I may pursue a different STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field. The extracurricular activities I am most involved with are National Honor Society, volleyball, Green Team and Math Team.”
Blue Hills Principal Jill Rossetti was delighted with the news of Kelley’s prestigious award.
“Congratulations, Bridget on being commended for the National Merit Scholarship Award!,” Rossetti commented. “We are so proud and happy to share this moment with you. This is a great accomplishment. I wish you the best on your future endeavors.”