Sofie Thixton named 'commended student' in National Merit competition

Sofie Thixton. - Contributed photo.
Sofie Thixton.
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Orcas High School senior Sofie C. Thixton has been named a “commended student” in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Thixton will be presented with a Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program. She is one of about 34,000 “commended students” nationwide who placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who took the 2010 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,” said 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 as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” Commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships.

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