Dr. Brandt has announced that Lillian Holman has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from Valley Lutheran and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was recently presented to Holman by Dr. Brandt.

“Lillian pushes herself to go beyond what is expected of her.  She consistently looks for additional learning opportunities, taking three advanced placement courses here at Valley and a total of six science courses in her four high school years.  Lillian is currently taking an online health science course, too, further preparing herself to enter the collegiate world with a strong background and focus in the science field,” said Valley Lutheran Academic Dean Dr. Lisa Meyers. “Lillian is such a hard worker, I’m excited for her to receive this Commendation.”

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Those 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 their 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.”