Seven Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Congratulations to the following seven seniors for being named National Merit Commended Students:

  • Theodore Arasavelli
  • Jonathan Bechtol
  • Ian Boyer
  • Vincent Do
  • Margaux Kelly
  • Hailie Mitchell
  • Kate Simmons

These students were among approximately 34,000 high school students nationally who were recognized as National Merit Commended Students, in addition to the 16,000 who were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

“I am incredibly proud of these students and their academic achievement as National Merit Commended Students,” High School Principal Barbara Swann said. “Congratulations to these exceptional individuals!”

Of the seven students who were recognized, two began their academic journey at Eastside Catholic in the middle school—Margaux Kelly and Hailie Mitchell.

The below information from our seniors includes a potential field of study they would like to pursue in college, where they would like to attend college and if they have advice for younger students.

Jonathan Bechtol: Would like to study architecture or urban planning at the University of Washington. “Younger students should never be afraid to ask for help.”

Vincent Do: Would like to study computer science and is undecided on a particular college or university. “Younger students should put extra effort into schoolwork and concepts that they struggle with…and [utilize] study groups.”

Margaux Kelly: Is interested in studying psychology and is undecided on a particular college or university. “My advice to younger students is to review a bit each day because it’s more effective than cramming the night before. But overall, don’t stress too much about maintaining perfect grades and make sure to have fun in high school.”

Hailie Mitchell: Would like to study math or science and is undecided on a particular college or university.

Kate Simmons: Is undecided on a potential field of study and a particular college or university. “My advice to younger students is to stay focused and try to not procrastinate.”

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants, according to the NMSC. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students out of the 1.5 million who took the test.