Jessica Kobetitsch – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Three LRHS seniors were commended Thursday by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for academic excellence and test scores.

Commended students are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise that they have demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) the qualifying test used for program entry.

Recognized Mustangs were Alyssa Soderburg, Maddie Hotaling and Samantha Rees.

Soderberg said her family is her inspiration for her success in school.  

“I’m really dedicated to getting into college and to my family, especially my mom and dad.  My dad worked hard to start a successful business,” she said.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Soderberg has worked hard and excelled to become a commended student.

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Hotaling said academic success takes hard work. 

“Take challenging classes and work hard.  You need to put a lot of time and effort into those classes to succeed,” she said.

Rees said success takes dedication. 

“You have to put time and work into classes,” she said.  “You can’t just expect success to come to you.”

In April, NMSC identified 50,000 of the highest scorers and notified their high schools. Only 16,000 of these students were designated as semifinalists on a state representational basis. The other 34,000 high performing students are now being named Commended Students based on National Selection Index score of 207, applicable to all program participants without regard to state or regions.