Three bright Amherst seniors have been named commended students by the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program.
Noah Douglass plays trumpet for the Amherst Marching Comets. After graduation, he plans to study computer science.
Jenna McCloskey is captain of the Comets girls rugby team, president of the Leo Club, vice president of the senior class and student council, and vice president of community service for the National Honor Society chapter at Steele High School. She is interested in studying biology after graduation.
Antonia Monteleone is a crew member on Steele News Live, runs cross country and track, and serves as president of the National Honor Society. She intends to pursue a career in medicine after graduation.
The Steele High School trio rank among the top three percent of students who, as sophomores in the spring of 2017, took the PSAT.
More than more than 1.6 million students entered the scholarship competition by taking the 2018 PSAT and National Merit qualifying test.
About 34,000 commended students are being recognized this year nationwide. However, they are not among the semifinalists named in the annual scholarship hunt.
Joe Tellier, interim principal at Steele, said the rankings are quite an honor for the school.
“This is one of the fun things about being a principal. You get to celebrate academic achievement with three students who are obviously very intelligent and very well-rounded,” he said.
“Beyond being just recognition for yourself, it’s nice to help your school and community be recognized,” said McCloskey.
She hopes people see the honor as a reflection of the teachers and other role models that have helped shape the Amherst student body.
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