Five LAHS Seniors Named Commended Students In 2023 in National Merit Scholarship Program

LAHS seniors named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program are, from left, Adeline Feng, Kalem Smith, Dominic Dowdy, Evan Long and Katie Crooker. Photo Courtesy LAPS


Los Alamos High School seniors Katie Crooker, Dominic Dowdy, Adeline Feng, Evan Long and Kalem Smith have been named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Principal Carter Payne presented these scholastically talented seniors with a Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®), which conducts the program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” a NMSC spokesperson said. “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.”