Twenty-One Students Earn 2017 National Merit Commended Honors and Four Students are Selected as 2017 National Hispanic Scholars

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Twenty-one Rockwall ISD students are among the 50,000 National Merit Commended students throughout the nation recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students are among the top five percent of more than one million students.

Additionally, four students are among 5,000 students who were selected as Hispanic Scholars for their performance on the 2015 PSAT.  The National Hispanic Recognition Program, established in 1983, is a College Board program that provides national recognition of the exceptional academic achievement of Hispanic high school seniors and identifies them for postsecondary institutions.

The students, listed below, entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  One student earned both honors, making 24 the total number of district students to receive a recognition.

National Merit Commended – Rockwall High School

  • Katherine Berger
  • Ethan Dupre
  • Benjamin Fields
  • Eric Harbin
  • Grant Miller
  • Griffin Perkins
  • Tyler Saathoff
  • Daniel Scivetti
  • Dan Anh Ton
  • Joshua Villarreal (Also a National Hispanic Scholar)
  • Abigail White
  • Thaddeus Whitfield
  • Maya Wiemokly

National Merit Commended – Rockwall-Heath High School

  • Sydney Best
  • Jonathan Blackburn
  • Madeline Christensen
  • Marley Esch
  • Elizabeth Gersch
  • Grayson Smartt
  • Andrew Spletter
  • Emma Young

National Hispanic Scholars – Rockwall High School

  • Brandon Gan
  • Joseph Molinar
  • Joshua Villarreal (Also a National Merit Commended student)

National Hispanic Scholar – Rockwall-Heath High School

  • Dawson Booth



Rockwall-Heath National Merit Commended Students and National Hispanic Scholar



Rockwall National Merit Commended Students and National Hispanic Scholars

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