WHS Seniors Jesse Ding & Alexander Howlett Named Commended Students In National Merit Scholarship Program

Below is a press release from Wilmington High School Principal Linda Peters:

WLMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School Principal Linda Peters recently announced that Jesse Ding and Alexander Howlett, members of the class of 2021, have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Letters of Commendation from the school and National Merit Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were sent to them.

Jesse Ding is an honors student who is the recipient of numerous academic awards and recognitions including being inducted into the Nation Honor Society. She is an active member of the WHS community participating in Academic Decathlon, DECA, Best Buddies, volleyball, and is a member of the Robotics Team. She serves in numerous leadership roles within the clubs she takes part in and is also the founder and president of the Math Club and Computer Science Club. Outside of school she works part-time and is active in numerous community service endeavors. At this time Jesse is considering focusing her future studies in the areas of math and computer science.

Alexander Howlett is an honors student who has sought out numerous academic challenges each year at WHS. He has been a member of the Strings Orchestra since elementary school and is active within WHS activities, including Model UN and the Math League. Alexander is passionate about history and political science, and devotes time to learning about what is going on in the world. His community service endeavors include supporting different efforts within the Wilmington Public Library. At this time, Alexander is considering focusing his future studies in the areas of political science or an area within the health field

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students place among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2018 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 this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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