Boston University Academy Students Commended in National Merit Scholarship Program

in Boston University Academy, News Releases
October 26th, 2007

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 |

Boston – Boston University Academy Head of School, James S. Berkman, announced that eighteen students (53 percent) of BU Academy’s senior class have been named Commended Students in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Students receiving this distinction are: Adrian Banerji, Craig Broady, Julia Chobanian, Alex Cottrill, Jefferson Day, Lydia Glenn, Sara Itani, Hyder Kazmi, Rebecca Kranz, Elizabeth Mulligan, Genevra Myers, Katharine O’Brien, Abe Polk, Parker Porfilio, John Shakespear, Jon Soyt, Viktor Tsankov, and Mike Yavorsky. Letters of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, are being presented by the Head of School to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2008 competition by taking the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young people named Commended Students in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program are distinguished by their strong academic performance in this rigorous competition,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “Our nation’s pursuit of educational excellence can be furthered by publicly honoring these outstanding students and by acknowledging the important 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.”

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 8 through 12. The Academy, which was founded in 1993, offers an academic program that combines classical curriculum with a rigorous approach to the intellectual and cultural challenges of contemporary life. Academy students may begin taking courses for college credit in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit

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