Five students from the North Kingstown High School Class of 2014 have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program, including two who are semifinalists in the scholarship competition.
Jonathan Carney, of Jamestown, and Marina Dermanouelian and Jaxine Wolfe, of North Kingstown, were recognized as commended scholars.
Samuel Hollister, of Jamestown, and Martha Edwards, of North Kingstown, have moved on to the semifinalist round of the scholarship competition. Edwards is completing her senior year in a dual-enrollment program with Simon's Rock College in Massachusetts.
The National Merit Scholarship program is based on results of the PSAT exam. Each year approximately 1.5 million students around the country take the PSAT exam in preparation for the SATs. Based on the results of that exam, 50,000 students are honored each year for their exceptional performance, with the top 15,000 students continuing on to the semifinalist round.
This is one of the most prestigious honors that a student can earn during their high school experience, according to NKHS officials.