National Merit Commended Student
Saint James Senior Earns High Honor
Saint James School Senior Edward Kim received National Merit Commended Student recognition this fall. Approximately 1.6 million high school students take the PSAT each year; of those, approximately 50,000 (just over 3%) are named National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Scholars. Of those 50,000 high scorers, approximately 34,000 are named Commended Students and approximately 16,000 are named Semifinalists.
Edward, always humble and gracious, is quick to point out the many opportunities he has had to further his education at Saint James School, “As I entered high school, I looked at the many electives and extra curricular programs Saint James offers and I realized how fortunate I was be given a chance to discover what I enjoy learning and to explore what I would like to pursue as a career.” He continued, “From AP2-D Design to Scholars Bowl, to Robotics—I use skills I have learned at Saint James and I am given the chance to implement them in a variety of scenarios.”
Saint James High School Counselor June Garzon reflected on Edward’s education at Saint James, “Since arriving in second grade, Edward has always been a strong academic student; he is a respectful pupil to his teachers, and a helpful peer to his classmates. His curriculum choice and exceptional grades in high school will award him a Saint James Honors Diploma upon graduation. Edward is a bright, mature young man who will continue his academic and personal growth in college and who I know will progress into an accomplished young man.”
Currently, Edward is headed towards a technology major in college. He would like to attend a large, urban university—NYU is his first choice. He developed an interest for computer sciences after taking various 21st Technology, Networking, and Programming courses at Saint James. As Edward explained, “In robotics, I put all of my skills together—I have the job of programming the robots, as well as helping develop and maintain the team’s website.”
Edward Kim has called Saint James School his home for over a decade. He has grown and developed his interests and abilities through an array of academic and co-curricular opportunities at school under the watchful eye of his encouraging teachers and mentors. His parting advice for incoming freshmen, “Participate in as many programs as you can at school—you will find what is most interesting to you—which will open doors for your future.”
Approximately 1,200 of the 34,000 National Merit Commended Students become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. To be considered for a Special Scholarship, students must meet the sponsor's criteria and the entry requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Program.