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Two Goose Creek CISD Students Named Commended Students
By Susan Passmore
Soham Datar from Creek Memorial High School and Jia Lin from Ross S. Sterling High School have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by their respective principals to these scholastically talented seniors.
Soham is ranked first in his class at GCM and serves as president of the Student Council and the Math Honor Society. He is Key Club secretary and is in the Art Honor Society. Soham plays varsity tennis and is active with the Keep Baytown Beautiful Committee. He hopes to attend Stanford University to pursue medicine. He is the son of Sandeep and Shilpa Datar.
Jia is ranked 13th in her class at RSS. She is active in UIL Math and is a member of the National Honor Society. Jia plays soccer and works at the Kroger Sushi Bar and at Kumon Learning Center teaching students advanced math. Her interests are economics and English Composition, and she hopes to go to Harvard University. She is the daughter of Cindy Li and Ricky Lin.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students 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 (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson 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.”
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