WHS Seniors Jack Andersen, Anay Gandhi & Zachary Weinstein Named Commended Students In National Merit Scholarship Program

Below is a press release from Wilmington High School:

WILMINGTON, MA — Principal of Wilmington High School, Linda Peters, has announced that John Andersen, Anay Gandhi, and Zachary Weinstein, members of the class of 2022, have been named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Letters of Commendation from the school and National Merit Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were sent to them.

John (Jack) Andersen is an outstanding student and noteworthy member of our senior class. As a member of the WHS DECA chapter, Jack has participated in the DECA Leadership Academy Conference in Orlando, Florida and the International Career Development Conference. He has donated his time working as a camp counselor and has raised money Through Shine a Light NF Walk, a fundraising event to bring awareness about neurofibromatosis. Jack also manages to find time to work part time at a local ice cream shop. Jack has a love for animals and science and plans to major in marine biology.

Anay Gandhi is an honors student who is the recipient of numerous academic accolades including being inducted into the National Honor Society. He is an active member of the WHS community participating in a range of extracurricular and community service endeavors including, but not limited to, DECA, Investment Club, and Rotary; additionally, he has been a member of both the soccer and tennis teams since his freshman year.  Anay has taken on numerous leadership roles in the activities he is a part of including serving as both Varsity soccer and tennis captain, MIAA Student Ambassador and Class Treasurer during his junior year.  Anay has also taken the initiative to support others, organizing fundraising drives to support those in need.  Outside of WHS, Anay has worked as a tutor, created his own PC building and repair business, and took part in an internship this past summer at a tech company where he focused on software program development and managing Google Ads for clients.  He also finds time to play tennis year-round and work on personal tech-related projects. At this time Anay plans to pursue a degree in computer science.

Zachary Weinstein is a very bright student who has a strong interest in math and science. He has an extensive interest and knowledge of computer science and programming.  Zach volunteers his time at St. Paul’s Kitchen in Lowell and has for the past five years.  Additionally, he volunteers as an instructor at his Shorin Ryu Karate studio where he has studied Martial Arts for over 10 years.  Zach has earned many academic and athletic achievements during his time at WHS.  He is a lifelong Boy Scout and currently pursuing his Eagle Scout designation.

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 2022 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,” 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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