The principal, Chris Basinger, of Norwalk High School announced today that Hannah Groos and Eli Newland have been named Commended Students 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Ⓡ).

“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 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.”

Eli is the son of Scott and Tricia Newland. Eli plans to attend Iowa State University to double major in Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural Science with a minor in Math. Hannah is the daughter of Christopher and Jennifer Groos. Hannah is currently in the process of narrowing down her college options and plans to study Data Analytics, Psychology & Computer Science.

Congratulations, Eli and Hannah!