MEDWAY — Superintendent Armand Pires and Principal John Murray are pleased to announce that Medway High School students Sujith Atluri and Nicholas Zanella have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as Commended Students.
In order to receive this prestigious recognition, students who take the College Board PSAT their junior year must attain a certain benchmark score on the exam which varies from year to year. Of the 50,000 highest scorers out of more than 1.5 million total students, approximately two-thirds receive this commendation.
Atluri is a senior at Medway High School and has shown his passion for knowledge and extracurricular activities. Atluri is described by counselors in Medway High School’s Student Services Department as determined, hardworking, passionate and having a never-give-up attitude. He has been an active participant in advanced courses, is a member of the National Honor Society and has been involved in the Science Olympiad since his freshman year. On top of his academic success, Atluri has been involved in community service activities and has held a position as a teller at Middlesex Savings Bank. He has also played on the Medway soccer team for four years. Atluri plans to attend a four-year college or university, but has not made a decision as of yet.
Zanella is also a senior and has demonstrated his dedication to academics throughout his time at Medway High School, challenging himself with honors and Advanced Placement courses. Zanella is described by counselors in Medway High School’s Student Services Department as dedicated, responsible, enthusiastic and perseverant. He has participated in the engineering pathway of the Project Lead the Way courses offered at Medway High School and is interested in pursuing engineering as a major in college. Outside the classroom, Zanella is a two-year member of the National Honor Society as well as a member of the varsity ice hockey and lacrosse teams. He served as captain of both teams during his junior and senior years.
“This is a great achievement for two bright and dedicated individuals,” Principal Murray said. “Being recognized as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program is an impressive accomplishment. We are proud of their efforts and are excited to see what their futures hold.”
Atluri and Zanella each recently received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their achievement.
About National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Since its founding, NMSC has recognized over 3.3 million students and provided some 449,000 scholarships worth over $1.8 billion. The honors awarded by NMSC to exceptionally able students are viewed as definitive marks of excellence. Recipients of Merit Scholarship® awards, Achievement Scholarship® awards, and corporate-sponsored Special Scholarships have increased the nation’s respect for intellectual accomplishments and have contributed significantly to its talent pool of future leaders.