Commended Recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Cristina Busto | Director of College Counseling
Seventeen seniors have been named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) of which five have advanced in the competition.
Congratulations to the following members of the class of 2022 who were named Semifinalists: Alfredo Huete, Matias Gandarias, David Gonzalez, Gabriel Suarez, and John Bohatch.
Congratulations to the following members of the class of 2022 who were named Commended Scholars: Zachary Acosta, Andres Bodero, Nelson de Leon, Alessandro Di Marzo, Alfredo Diaz, Diego Diaz, Tomas Duque, Ignacio Felix-Padilla, Alfredo Hernandez, Alexander Kuhn, Ricardo Mendez and Alejandro Vazquez.
“These students are leaders in their class and have worked very hard to achieve such an honor,” said School Principal José E. Roca ‘84. “Their dedication to their academics and community exemplify our core value of the MAGIS, to do your best for the Greater Glory of God. We wish Alfredo, Matias, David, Gabriel, and John luck as they continue in the process and congratulate the other young men that were commended.”
These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered in the spring. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced beginning in April.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.