December 18, 2017
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MSSM students among those named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program

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LIMESTONE, Maine — The Maine School of Science and Mathematics Executive Director , Luke Shorty, has announced today that Abigail Harvey, Bangor; Graham Howard, South Portland; Noah Ransom, Limerick; Andrew Schade, Phippsburg; and Brandon Wood, Auburn have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

“MSSM is very pleased to have five students from our community named as Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program, and I applaud their hard work and dedication,” said Mr. Shorty.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National 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 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 this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Students will receive a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program.

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) is a tuition-free, public, residential high school that enrolls students from across the state and serves over 500 students each year through its academic and summer offerings. Opened in 1995, the school provides high school students a rigorous, student-centered curriculum that emphasizes the connections between math, science, and humanities, and culminates in opportunities for authentic research. MSSM’s summer camps inspire Maine middle school students to explore their passions for science, math, engineering, and technology. MSSM also provides professional development opportunities for educators.

In 2013, U.S.News and World Report ranked the Maine School of Science and Mathematics the best public high school in New England. For more information about MSSM, please visit the school’s website at or contact the Office of Admission at (207) 325-3601.