Scholars named Commended Students

Courtesy photo Taking part in recognizing Altoona Area High School Commended Students are (from left): Andrew Neely, AAHS principal; Devyn Freet; Rachel Krier; Regan Baker; Marissa Abbott; Dutch Brennan, Altoona Area School District board president; and Charles A. Prijatelj, AASD superintendent.

The Altoona Area School District Board of Directors recognized four Altoona Area High School students at the Nov. 13 school board meeting for being named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

AAHS seniors Marissa Abbott, Regan Baker, Devyn Freet and Rachel Krier placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 34,000 students throughout the nation are being recognized.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for NMSC. “They 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


“We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”