Principal Art Davis announced that Paducah Tilghman seniors Marissa Davis, Alicia Humphrey, and Catherine Miller have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from PTHS and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented students.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
"Recognizing academically talented seniors plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation," commented an NMSC spokesperson. "The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program. We sincerely hope this recognition will provide them with additional educational outlets and motivate them in the pursuit of academic achievement."
Marissa Davis is a member of the PTHS Student Council, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Recycling Club, Choir and Academic team. She is a 2011 Creative Writing alumnus of the Governor's School for the Arts and a 2012 alumnus of the Governor's Scholars Program. She is a member of the McCracken County Chamber of Commerce YouthLEAD program. Her parents are Brigette and Brad Davis.
Alicia Humphrey is a member of the PTHS Orchestra, Choir, Concordia, Academic team, Future Problem Solving team, National Honor Society, and Beta Club. She is president of the Literary Circle, vice-president of the Choir, and editor of the Tilghman Bell. She is a 2012 alumnus of the Governor's Scholars Program. Alicia works as a volunteer at the Noble Park ball fields and sings in the choir at Southland Baptist Temple. Her parents are Danette and David Humphrey.
Catherine Miller is a member of the Soccer team, Academic team, Future Problem Solving team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, Junior Historical Society of Kentucky, Mock Trial, and Recycling Club. She is president of the National Honor Society, and serves on the staff of the Tilghman Bell. She is a 2012 alumnus of the Governor's Scholars Program. She is a member of First Baptist Church. Her parents are Bobby and Laurie Miller.