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National Merit Commended Students

Three Seniors From Armstrong High School Named National Merit Commended Students
Posted on 09/20/2019
Three seniors from Armstrong High School were named National Merit Commended Students: Melissa Peterson, Julia Pham and Priya Thomas.Three seniors from Armstrong High School were named National Merit Commended Students: Melissa Peterson, Julia Pham and Priya Thomas.

"Armstrong is proud to recognize Julia, Melissa and Priya for their academic accomplishments! We congratulate them for being named National Merit Commended Students," said Erick Norby, Interim Principal of Armstrong High School.

According to its website, each year the National Merit Scholarship Program receives about 1.6 million entrants. The top 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT scores qualify for recognition in the Program; two-thirds receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic progress. This suggests these students performed equivalent to the top 3% of test takers.


Melissa Peterson
I am involved in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Full Orchestra, Dance, Piano lessons and Youth Group. I have most enjoyed being a part of the marching band; it is a really great way to make friends, and have lots of fun. I'm also looking forward to going on a trip to Florida with the Marching Band over winter break.

After high school, I plan to attend college as an Art Education major.


Julia Pham
High school has allowed me to step back and appreciate my friends and family much more. It's taught me about privilege and gratefulness. I'm thrilled to have found such great friendships and enjoy my youth.

I participate in Girl's Golf, Chamber Strings, Orchestra Council, and Link Crew. I will also be joining National Honor Society this year if my application goes through. I am involved in Relay for Life and my church's youth group. I am also a skate aide at Plymouth Ice Center and babysit occasionally.

Senior year will undoubtedly be full of difficult coursework, but I'm looking forward to spending my final year gaining fun memories too. After high school, I would like to attend Rice University and study chemistry. I will hopefully be learning from more than just my academics, though!


Priya Thomas
I am very involved in the choir program at Armstrong High School. I sing in the Armstrong Concert Choir, the junior/senior curricular choir. I am also one of the managers of the Armstrong Chamber Singers, an extracurricular choir. Outside of school, I perform as a pianist and play on Armstrong's varsity tennis team.

The most enjoyable part of my high school experience has been involving myself in activities that I'm passionate about and can look forward to during stressful school weeks. This school year, I look forward to planning the next stage of my life by exploring colleges.