Seniors Kendra Byrne and Robert Winslow named “Commended Students” by national program

Two students standing outdoors holding their merit certificates

Goshen High School seniors Kendra Byrne and Robert Winslow have been nominated as “Commended Students” in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Kendra and Robert are two of 34,000 students nationwide to be recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They were honored as Commended Students for placing among the top 50,000 scorers of the more-than 1.5 million students who took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test to enter the 2020 competition.

Both students were surprised by the recognition, having long forgotten they had attempted to qualify for the program.

“I am pleasantly surprised,” Kendra said. “It’s one of my proudest moments, in fact, and I’m definitely adding this to my college resume.” Kendra plans to pursue a degree in chemistry or chemical engineering and has her eyes set on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “I’m very confident about my future. I’ve worked incredibly hard all my years of high school.”

Robert was equally excited. “I had no idea this was coming,  but I’m very honored,” he said. “I can’t wait to add this recognition to my college application.” Robert has a long educational career ahead of him. After majoring in political science and sociology, he plans to go on to law school.

Principal Thomas Heinzelman presented Kendra and Robert with Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Friday, Oct. 4.

“We are exceedingly proud of Kendra and Robert for their outstanding academic achievement which is a testament to their resilient pursuit of excellence throughout their high school career,” Principal Heinzelman said. “We hope that this well-deserved recognition will open even wider doors to educational opportunity and academic success in their future.”