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District 99 Boasts 23 National Merit Commended Students

Students were recognized last month in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Community High School District 99 announced last month that 23 students were recognized as “National Merit Commended” students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The designation recognizes a student’s “outstanding academic promise,” District 99 officials said.

Students are selected based on test scores, an essay, their schools’ curricula and school official recommendations, as well as involvement in activities and leadership.

“We are proud of all of these students and congratulate them on the achievement of being recognized in this prestigious program,” said District 99 Superintendent Dr. Mark McDonald in a release.

Downers Grove North High School

• Mary G. Bedalov (Downers Grove)
• Augustine F. Calvino (Downers Grove)
• Kevin M. Brinkman (Downers Grove)
• Emma C. Burkhardt (Downers Grove)
• Janice A. Edel (Downers Grove)
• Jack A. Goergen (Downers Grove)
• Gabrielle N. Hesslau (Downers Grove)
• Nicole V. Kay (Downers Grove)
• Christopher J. Kennedy (Downers Grove)
• Kathryn R. Krainc (Downers Grove)
• Stephen R. McCammon (Downers Grove)
• Rebecca L. Ridderhoff (Woodridge)
• Margaret O. Smith (Downers Grove)
• Joseph R. Vitti (Downers Grove)
• Lydia L. Zimmerman (Downers Grove)

Downers Grove South High School

• Rebecca M. Ficht (Downers Grove)
• Robert W. Gagala (Downers Grove)
• Daniel B. Leahy (Downers Grove)
• Blake T. Mueller (Darien)
• Natalie A. Pelekh (Woodridge)
• Dhara Puvar (Darien)
• Emily E. Seranko (Downers Grove)
• Christina N. Yuen (Bolingbrook)

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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