Head of School, Matthew Byrnes, recently announced that Harrison Gordon, Reggie Stuhr, and Anastasia Wei have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to these scholastically talented seniors.
Each of these students contribute tremendously to the Wooster community, both in and out of the classroom. Anastasia Wei is Co-President of the Spectrum (GSA) Club, Senior Prefect for Student Life, a Co-Leader of the Cognitive Science Club, a member of the Technical Theater crew and a Student Ambassador. Reggie Stuhr is the lead trombonist and a backup vocalist for the Wooster Improvisational Jazz Band, a distinguished member of the Wooster tennis and basketball teams, was the captain of the JV Boys Basketball team, a member of the Spectrum (GSA) Club and a member of the Wooster Girl Up Club. Harrison Gordon is the President of the Yearbook Association, a member of the Boys Varsity Hockey team, a contributor to our theater program, and a leader in our Makerspace. He also has a thriving photography business, has built and maintains his own saltwater coral reef tank, and designed an app to make grocery shopping more efficient.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 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 2021 competition by taking the 2019 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."
Photo: (left to right): Matt Byrnes, Head of School, Anastasia Wei, Reggie Stuhr, Harrison Gordon, Adam Kendis, Director of College Guidance