Dobyns-Bennett High School Students Recognized as National Merit Commended Students

KINGSPORT, TENN. – Eight (8) Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named as National Merit Commended Students in the 69th Annual 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program, a program designed to identify and honor the top high school students in the United States.

Those named as National Merit Commended Students from Dobyns-Bennett are:
  • Emma Baker
  • Mallori France
  • Anna Harrington
  • Salma Heiba
  • Adam Krcal
  • William Mayhew
  • Alexis Schubert
  • Oliver Winkler
"We are proud of the eight students named as Commended in the National Merit Program," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Brian Tate. "This acknowledgement solidifies the potential each student has for success academically. This recognition will open opportunities for them to broaden their educational opportunities."
Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2024 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students place among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2024 competition by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT); which served as an initial screening of program entrants. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378.8409 or visit
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