Glenholme School in Washington has announced senior Derek Greene has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The announcement was made by the post-secondary guidance director, Rachel Swanson.

Before his peers, Derek was acknowledged by Swanson and presented his commendation letter for being a scholastically talented senior from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program.

Roughly 50,000 Commended Students from across the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic aptitude.

Although Derek and the other Commended Students will not continue in the 2018 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, they placed among the top 3.1 percent of the 1.6 million students who entered the class of 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for acknowledgement and scholarships which began in 1955.

High school students from across the U.S. enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The exam functions as a preliminary screening of the millions of entrants each year.