National Merit Commended Students C’2019
Worcester, Mass. – September 21, 2018 – Twenty-one students from the Mass Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) were recognized as “National Merit Commended Students” in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors.
The seniors are Zeynep Alptekin (Shrewsbury), Shreyashee Bhattacharjee (Westborough), Robert Clark (Tewksbury), Javier Dobles (Holden), Joyce Fang (Northborough), Achilles Gatsonis (Holden), Andrew Goering (Marlborough), Rumani Kafle (Worcester), Hava Kantrowitz (Worcester) , Charles Kennedy (Worcester), Anna Kopyra (Grafton), Christopher Lobo (Holden), Rishab Mehta (Sharon), Praneet Mekala (Shrewsbury), Krish Nathan (Westborough), Vishnu Penubarthi (Shrewsbury), Pranay Pherwani (Shrewsbury), Sreshtaa Rajesh (Northborough), Ryan Ravitz (Millville), Eesha Verma (Northborough) and Abagail Wren (Sutton).
“Mass Academy is extremely proud of our students. Their work ethic and appreciation for learning is outstanding. We recognize and celebrate the collaboration between Mass Academy, the student’s sending schools, WPI, and their families as contributing factors to their success”, comments Mass Academy Director Mr. Michael Barney.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic progress. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
About Mass Academy
The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science is a public school of excellence for 100 academically accelerated high school juniors and seniors in Massachusetts. It emphasizes math and science within a comprehensive, interactive program. The rigor of junior year classes exceeds high school honors and Advanced Placement (AP), with more than 1,100 hours of instruction. Seniors complete a year of college, enrolling in classes at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a nationally ranked engineering school, thus making the Academy the only public school in Massachusetts whose students attend a private university full-time as seniors in high school. For more information on Mass Academy, visit www.massacademy.org.
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Perspective Program. There are more than 30 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.