National Merit Scholars


Headmaster Eric Cook, of Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas, is proud to announce that the CCS Class of 2016 has five students who have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Collin Fredricks has been recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist and David McCarty, Jacob Salter, Will Scheffrahn and Charis Watt have been named as Commended Students.

“While these students have been commended on the basis of a singular PSAT/NMSQT score, this achievement also reflects broader academic success at Covenant and so we celebrate not only their commendation but also the time, effort, and thoughtfulness they have consistently devoted to their courses,” said Andrew Elizalde, CCS Academic Dean.

Some 16,000 students have been designated as Semifinalists and will continue in the competition for the National Merit Scholarships. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”