Bishop Dunne’s National Merit Commended Scholar

Carol Mayo

merit-scholarBishop Dunne Catholic School is proud to announce senior Payton Matous has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.

Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), they placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition.

“The entire Bishop Dunne community is very proud of Payton. Being named a National Merit Commended Scholar is an extraordinary academic achievement,” said Mrs. Kate Dailey, president of Bishop Dunne Catholic School. “This great accomplishment is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our students and teachers.”

Payton, the starting center for the Bishop Dunne Falcon football team, will be continuing his academic and athletic achievements next fall at The University of Pennsylvania.