High school senior receives recognition from National Merit Scholarship program

Oct 28, 2021

Amaya Anderson, a Wareham High School senior, has been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship program.

Nationwide, about 34,000 students earn the title of “Commended Student,” which recognizes exceptional academic promise.

Commended Students are those who placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Principal Scott Palladino described Anderson as “an amazing student.” He said Anderson enrolled in the dual enrollment program as an eighth grader and has continued to take advanced courses at Wareham High School.

“As a senior this year we anticipate Amaya being accepted into some very prestigious colleges,” Palladino said.

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a National Merit Scholarship program spokesperson. “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.”

Recognizing Commended Students is meant to “help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success,” according to the organization.