Thirteen Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Congratulations to the following 13 seniors for being named National Merit Commended Students: Bellevue resident Michael Greene; Duvall resident Faith Glaze; Issaquah resident Benjamin Lombardi; North Bend resident Jack Mandelkorn; Redmond residents Mary Foley and Anthony Pella; Sammamish residents Owen Bernstein, Adam Gregg, Conrad Gregg, Elizabeth Iwicki, Michael Sentman and Max Stewart Steele; and Woodinville resident Landon Halverson (Class of 2018 graduate).

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.

“Congratulations to these exceptional students,” High School Principal Barbara Swann said. “We are very proud of their continued academic achievement. Well done Crusaders!”

Of the 13 students who were recognized, seven began their academic journey at Eastside Catholic in the middle school—Owen Bernstein, Mary Foley, Adam Gregg, Conrad Gregg, Elizabeth Iwicki, Anthony Pella and Max Stewart Steele.

When asked what advice  they would share with younger students, our seniors offered these thoughts:

Michael Greene: “High school is truly what you make of it and challenging yourself is worth it in the long run.”

Elizabeth Iwicki: “Work hard early [during] freshman and sophomore year because it becomes helpful to achieve academic goals later in high school. Students should build good study habits when the work is easier, so they are prepared as it becomes more difficult.”

Adam Gregg: “Work really hard those first few months of each grade. That will give you a good foundation for grades and will boost your confidence.”

About 1.6 million juniors, in more than 22,000 high schools, entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scholars out of the 1.6 million who took the test.