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Tahoe-Truckee students earn national academic honor

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

Four Tahoe-Truckee high school students have been named National Merit scholars, scoring among the top 5 percent of the nation’s high school seniors on the standardized Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Nationwide 1.4 million students took the 2006 preliminary SAT qualifying test. Of those, just 34,000 qualified for a commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., according to a National Merit news release.

Local high school seniors awarded with the academic distinction were Andrew Pado and Courtney Ridgel from Truckee High School, Angela Raso from Truckee Coldstream High School and Alejandra R. Bravo-Ducey from North Tahoe High School.

Truckee High Counselor Nancy Evans presented the commendation to the three Truckee students, while North Tahoe Principal Bill Frey presented Bravo-Ducey the letter of commendation at last week’s board of trustees meeting.

“That’s a hard thing to get,” commented Penny Burney, the high school’s administrative assistant.

“This commendation indicates that [they] have a high potential for success in their college studies,” said National Merit Corp.’s Elaine Detweiler in a written statement.

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According to the firm’s news release, the National Merit Scholarship Program publicly honors top students and acknowledges the role schools play in fostering their development.

“We hope that this recognition will contribute to their educational opportunities and encourage all students to strive to realize their potential,” Detweiler said in the release.

The four Truckee-Tahoe students are among 5,060 Californians to receive the recognition.