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Friday, October 11, 2013


Neighbors | Submitted.Commended students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program are, from left, Marissa Gray, Matthew Slaven and Henriette Ovaska.

Poland Seminary High School is taking great pride in the achievements of three members of the Class of 2014.

Marissa Gray, Henriette Ovaska and Matthew Slaven have been named as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They have received letters of commendation from the school and from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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

Kevin Snyder, principal at Poland Seminary High School said the students’ successes show their strong work ethic.

“The students have worked really hard and it shows in the numbers,” said Snyder.

Snyder said the students successes have a good reflection of the Poland Local Schools.

“It shows the hard work of the teachers helping them to succeed in rigorous courses,” said Snyder. “The partnerships the Poland Local Schools have enables the students to have different opportunities, and for them to reach their best potential.”


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