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National Merit Scholarship Program Commends SSS Student

Smithfield-Selma High School Principal, Michael Taylor, announced on Wednesday, October 3rd that SSS Senior Celeste Loia has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) conducts this program.

“Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation,” commented an NMSC spokesperson. “The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program. We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with additional educational outlets and motivate them in their pursuit of academic achievement”.

Celeste epitomizes what it means to be a well-rounded student. In addition to working hard in the classroom, she also runs cross country and track and is a member of several clubs, including the 300 Club, Politics & Debate, and Foreign Travel. She plans to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill as well as out of state in Chicago, and she is currently considering careers in journalism and education. 

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