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NHS National Merit Program Commended Students

Published: October 06, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Pictured with Interim Newtown High School Principal David Roach are, from left, Ravi Ahuja, Kevin Reiss, Dyllon Chowdhury, James Barden, Michael Arther, Rory Edwards, and Talia Hankin. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Pictured with Interim Newtown High School Principal David Roach are, from left, Ravi Ahuja, Kevin Reiss, Dyllon Chowdhury, James Barden, Michael Arther, Rory Edwards, and Talia Hankin. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Newtown High School surprised and honored seniors on September 28 who earned recognition as Commended Students for the 2018 National Merit Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to the corporation. Commended Students are recognized for achieving top scores on the test, and, while they do not continue as semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships, they become candidates for scholarships from businesses and corporations.

This year's Commended Students were gathered in the school's guidance department for the announcement. Once each student was present, Interim Principal David Roach announced the news and congratulated the students.

"You guys finished in the top three percent," said Mr Roach.

Guidance counselors handed students certificates to mark the occasion.

Students who were named as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program were Ravi Ahuja, Michael Arther, James Barden, Dyllon Chowdhury, Rory Edwards, Talia Hankin, and Kevin Reiss.

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 26
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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