Timothy Saxton, principal of Boardman High School, has announced that Daniel Belinky, Michael Marshall and John Umble have been named commended students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by Saxton to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students have placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Daniel is the son of Mark and Cynthia Belinky. He is the school's student council president and the commissioner of the Link Crew mentoring program. Daniel is currently considering attending Ohio State University or the University of Pittsburgh and majoring in engineering.
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Daniel Belinky, Michael Marshall and John Umble have been named commended students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Michael is the son of Daniel and Carolyn Marshall. He is captain of the school's debate team and he represented Boardman High School last summer at the highly selective Buckeye Boys State. Michael is currently considering Washington and Lee University or Case Western Reserve University and majoring in English literature and political science.
John is the son of Jim and Kathryn Umble. He is an AP Scholar and he just recently won the school orchestra's senior solo competition to perform a violin solo with the symphony orchestra. John is currently considering between Youngstown State University, Case Western Reserve University or Grove City College and majoring in biology.
"Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation," commented an NMSC spokesperson. "The young people recognized as commended students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program. We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with additional educational outlets and motivate them in their pursuit of academic achievement."