Neudeck, White named National Merit Commended Students

Friday, September 27, 2013
Rachel Neudeck

Two more Putnam County high school seniors have been honored by the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Rachel Neudeck of South Putnam and Melody White of Greencastle have both been named Commended Students in the 2014 program.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by principals Kieth Puckett and Russell Hesler, respectively, to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students place among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Melody White

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesman 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 that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

In addition to these two Commended Students, Hannah Gellman of GHS was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist, meaning she will continue in the 2014 competition and has a chance to become a National Merit Finalist in February.

Melody is the daughter of Sue and Richard White.

Rachel is the daughter of Robin and Regina Neudeck.

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  • Congratulations to Melody and Rachel, and not to take away from their wonderful achievements but it seems like the headline here should read "Gellman Named National Merit Semifinalist" with the remainder of the article listing the two commended scholars who, while scoring highly in the competition will not continue. Imagine running a high school sports story with a headline such as "Greencastle wins at sectional" and the last paragraph reading "in addition to the sectional win, North Putnam won the state and is in the running to win a national competition."

    -- Posted by greengrass on Fri, Sep 27, 2013, at 11:26 PM
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