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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Fourteen Gonzaga Prep seniors are National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

the Inland Register

(From the November 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Gonzaga Preparatory School announced that 14 of its current seniors have been named Commended Students and that three of those students will continue as Semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

This honor affirms that these students’ academic achievements have placed them among the top five percent of high school seniors in the nation.


Caitlyn Ewers, daughter of Dan Ewers and Barbara Cook-Ewers of East Spokane

Matthew Gillum, son of Michael and Ann Gillum of South Spokane

Phillip Yan, son of Wei Yan and Mancong Zhang of Liberty Lake

Commended Students:

Tessa Anton, daughter of Dan and Mary Ellen Anton of South Spokane

Aaron Burns, son of Tim and Ev Burns of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Michael Dumais, son of Douglas and Ruth Dumais of South Spokane

Anthony Gill, son of Kevin and Jennifer Gill of South Spokane

Ann Goodrich, daughter of Richard and Mary Goodrich of North Central Spokane

Alexandra Kraft, daughter of Stephen and Karen Kraft of North Spokane

Molly Moloney, daughter of Mike and Mary Moloney of South Spokane

Cory Sago, son of Brad and Kristen Sago of Colbert

Renee Shull, daughter of David and Kathleen Shull of East Central Spokane

Katherine Spilker, daughter of John and Abbi Spilker of Mead

Roy Taylor, son of Eldon and Ravinder Taylor of Medical Lake

The NMSC recognizes 34,000 Commended Students each year for their exceptional academic achievement and selects 16,000 Semifinalists from among them for their exceptional scholastic work. Semifinalists have the opportunity to compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth $34 million that will be offered next spring.

Although they will not continue in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“These 14 students came to Gonzaga Prep from Catholic, private, and public grade schools throughout the Spokane area,” said Father Connell. “Their academic achievements are a testament to the tremendous opportunities that Gonzaga Prep provides to any high school student who wants to prepare him or herself for success in college and beyond.”

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