Dr. Julian Petzold announced today that VL Senior Trenton Hagenbach has been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“I was excited to hear that Trenton was receiving a commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program,” said Dr. Lisa Meyers, Academic Dean at Valley Lutheran.  “He has an exceptional academic record that demonstrates dedication to scholarship and a consistent work ethic.  Trenton is certainly looking to the future as he will graduate with 11 credits in math and science and 3 Advanced Placement courses.  I know that the National Merit commendation is a high honor and I congratulate him for this remarkable achievement.”

A spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation commented, “Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.  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.”