PCA Recognizes Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Upper School Principal Stephen Foley has announced that Hannah Pellerin has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were presented by Mr. Foley to this scholastically talented senior.

Foley says, “The fact that Hannah Pellerin is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student is a surprise to none of us at PCA.  She has a long standing reputation of working hard to maximize her God-given intellectual gifts.”

Brian Pellerin, Hannah’s father, says, “The culture at PCA encourages intellectual and ethical excellence. I am proud that Hannah has the intelligence, the drive and the heart to devote her life to curing genetic diseases. PCA, in part, set her on that course.”

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, 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 MNSC. “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.”