Erin Plate, a senior at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, has been named a Commended Student in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the school principal, Sue Vaughn, to this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2007 competition for Merit Scholarship® awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2007 competition by taking the 2005 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
“Recognition of academically talented students and the key role played by schools in their development is essential to the pursuit of educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesman for NMSC. “The young people being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance in this highly competitive program. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and that they will continue to pursue scholastic excellence.”
In addition to her outstanding academics, Erin is very active in extra curricular activities. Erin is a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams, President of the Key Club, Vice President of the Student Government Association, and is very active in the St. Bede Catholic Church Life Teen Group. Erin is the daughter of Lt. Col. Jeff and Kelly Plate.