YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Three students in the Lakeland Central School District have been honored in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Walter Panas student Gregory Zedlovich and Lakeland High students Meghan McGowan and Colleen Riordan have been named National Merit Commended Students.
The three students were recognized for outstanding academics and high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Exam in October. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 1.5 million students take the exam and only 34,000 receive the letter of commendation.
The NMSC is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. It was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to the program's website.
"The honors awarded by NMSC to exceptionally able students are viewed as definitive marks of excellence," reads a statement on the site. "Recipients of Merit Scholarship awards, Achievement Scholarship awards, and corporate-sponsored Special Scholarships have increased the nation's respect for intellectual accomplishments and have contributed significantly to its talent pool of future leaders."