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Rao named Commended Student

Deerfield-Windsor School Headmaster Dave Davies stands with Amy Rao last week after the senior was named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. She is the daughter of Dr. Ramana Rao and Debra Moon.

Deerfield-Windsor School Headmaster Dave Davies stands with Amy Rao last week after the senior was named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. She is the daughter of Dr. Ramana Rao and Debra Moon.

ALBANY — Deerfield-Windsor School senior Amy Rao has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to this scholastically talented senior.

“Amy is the consummate scholar-athlete, and her academic accomplishments are a tribute to her hard work and dedication,” DWS Headmasters Dave Davies said. “Her teachers report that she is an exemplary student who will not settle for anything but excellence.”

She is the daughter of Dr. Ramana Rao and Debra Moon. An Advanced Placement Scholar, Amy is a member of the varsity cheerleading squad and is the defending GISA state champion in girls doubles tennis.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” a spokesperson for NMSC said. “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.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQ).