2 from Minuteman named commended students in merit test

Adam Powell of Arlington. / Photo by Brian TildsleyAdam Powell of Arlington. / Photo by Brian Tildsley

Two students from Minuteman High School have been named commended students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Adam Powell of Arlington and Jasper Hendrix of Acton earned this distinction because they excelled on the qualifying test administered by the program in 2016.

Powell is in the programming and web-development program. Hendrix is majoring in engineering. 

"We were thrilled to hear the good news about Jasper Hendrix and Adam Powell," Minuteman Principal Jack Dillon said in a Nov. 5 news release. "They should be extremely proud of this accomplishment. Being commended by the National Merit Scholarship Program is an honor and it doesn’t come without a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance. I have no doubt that Jasper and Adam will continue to accomplish great things as they start to prepare for their future outside of Minuteman."

Both students were given a letter of commendation from Minuteman and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. in recognition of this achievement.

According to information from the program, "About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 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 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test."

Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that integrates robust academic and career and technical learning to deliver a revolutionary competitive advantage. The school serves a diverse student body with multiple learning styles, expanding opportunities for college and career success.

As an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Minuteman challenges all students to aspire to their full potential, accelerate their learning, and achieve success in the 21st-century global community. 

This news announcement was published Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.