The National Merit Scholarship Program has named Whitehouse High School senior Jack E. Terrell as a 2014 Commended Student.

About 34,000 students throughout the nation have received this recognition, which is given to high scorers on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Students are recognized in this category based on a nationally applied selection index score that can vary annually.

Commended Students typically are within the 96th percentile of college-bound students who took the test their junior year, according to the National Merit website.

The students receive letters of commendation to recognize "their outstanding ability and potential for academic success in college," according to the website.

Although they do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of them may be candidates for other corporately sponsored scholarships.




The National Hispanic Recognition Program has identified Kevin Gomez, of Whitehouse High School, as one of its 2013-14 Scholars.

Each year, the program honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from the more than 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to a website about the honor.

To be recognized, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino and meet the minimum test score requirement for their region, among other conditions, according to the website.

Students with a junior year cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 are named Scholars and those with a junior year cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 are recognized as Honorable Mentions, according to information provided by the school district.

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