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Eight PVHS Students Named National Merit Finalists

Pictured Left to Right Front Row: Margarita Rasgado, Emily Suen, Hannah Humes Pictured Left to Right Back Row: Matthew Nelson, Samuel Lederman, Catherine Byrne, Patrick McMonagle, Isaac Sears

Left to Right: Millenama Prasai, Harrison Qu and Emily Nutt have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Left to Right: Millenama Prasai, Harrison Qu and Emily Nutt have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program.









National Merit Finalists

The faculty and staff of Pleasant Valley Community High School are pleased to announce that the following seniors were recently honored as National Merit Scholarship Finalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program:

Catherine Byrne, daughter of Daniel and Margaret Byrne of Bettendorf;

Hannah Humes, daughter of  Timothy and Kerry Humes of Bettendorf;

Samuel Lederman, son of Joshua and Gillian Lederman;

Patrick McMonagle, son of Robert and Denise McMonagle of Davenport;

Mathew Nelson; son of Todd and Mary Ann Nelson of Bettendorf;

Margarita Rasgado Lopez; daughter of  Jesus Rasgado Lopez and Maria Margaita Lopez Fernandez of Bettendorf;

Isaac Sears, son of Stephen and Beatrice Sears of Davenport;

Emily Suen, daughter of Benjamin Suen a
nd Jennifer Chui of Bettendorf.

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout the high school years, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance.  The Semifinalist and a school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the Semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this Finalist group.  Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Merit Scholarship winners of 2017 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.  These scholarship recipients will join some 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Commended Students

The principal, Mike Zimmer, of Pleasant Valley High School announced today that Emily Nutt, daughter of  Andrew and Kari Nutt of Bettendorf, IA,  Millenama Prasai, daughter of Ganga and Bindu Prasai of LeClaire, IA, Harrison Qu,  son of Zhiming Qu and Xin Liu of  Bettendorf, IA,  have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 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 that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”


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