RED OAK — Making it their mission to succeed with a goal oriented and ambitious mindset, Red Oak High School seniors Cody Martin, Benjamin Stanfill and Alyssa Tucker have been named National Merit Commended Students. The three students achieved this recognition when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
According to ROHS, the recognitions place the students among the top 5 percent of more than 1.6 million students in the nation and there are approximately 34,000 Commended Students across the country.
Superintendent of ROISD Dr. Scott Niven and ROISD Executive Director of Communications had nothing but pleasant words for the three students.
“I’m very proud. Our students did an excellent job as usual. We have some great students who excel in what they want to do. They’re very focused. I hope this is just the beginning of some great things for them,” Niven said.
Williams, agreeing with Niven, stated that the achievement is nothing short of impressive, especially to be a part of the top 5 percent students in the nation.
“I believe that being a commended student will open many doors for them in terms of college and their career. It’s an affirmation for them. It comes from years and years of work, it’s not from just getting lucky on one test,” Williams said.
National Merit Scholar Benjamin Stanfill plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian at either Texas A&M University of Mississippi State University.
“Being commended by the National Merit Scholar program means a lot to me because it shows that the time and hard work I have put into my high school experience have had a positive result,” Stanfill stated.
Martin will attend Texas A&M in the fall of 2017 where he will major in his passion, chemistry.
“In school, I participate in UIL academics, and last year I competed in the state level, which is the highest level, in science UIL due to my chemistry scores at the regional level.
Throughout his high school career, Martin has remained involved on campus where is the president of the National Honor Society.
“Being a National Commended Scholar means a lot because all of the hard work I've put into my high school career has finally been recognized on a national level,” Martin said.
ROHS Principal Dr. Doug Funk said he is proud of these outstanding students.
“Their scores are a reflection of all the hard work they have put in not just in the last year, but over a lifetime. I’d like to congratulate them, their teachers and families on this wonderful accomplishment,” Funk said.
The three students will be recognized and presented with a letter of achievement from ROHS and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation at the ROISD School Board meeting, Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL