Central Heights High School recently announced that senior Nolan Shrewsbury has been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Certificate of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation was presented to Nolan Wednesday by Central Heights High School Counselor Lauren Tyler and Principal Jonathan Vick.

About 34,000 students throughout the world will be recognized this year for their exceptional academic promise.  Although Nolan will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, he places among the top 2% of the more than 1.85 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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

Contributed Photo/NISD
Contributed Photo/NISD

Nacogdoches High School senior Nyssa Galatas has also been named a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist. Nyssa learned this week she is one of 16,000 semifinalists (out of more than 1.5 million) in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program participants in each state and Nyssa is one of 1,339 students from Texas that are advancing in competition for National Merit Scholarships to be offered early next year.

Nyssa is captain of the NHS debate team this year and will participate in Congress (where she finished third in the region a year ago) and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. In Academic UIL, Nyssa is on teams for Social Studies and Current Events. Additionally, she serves as president of the French Club and is vice president of this year’s senior class. Nyssa also volunteers in Dallas with Global Elementary Model United Nations, which educates and challenges younger students participating in Model UN contests to authentically portray their roles as delegates.


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