SPARTA-Guidance Director Stan Abromavage of Sparta High School announced that Rebecca Jin, Andrew Kirschenbaum and Andrew Taylor have been named Commended Students in the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented seniors at the Sparta High School Senior Academic Awards Night in June. About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2005 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, commended students placed among the top five percent of more than one million students who entered the 2005 competition by taking the 2003 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. "The young men and women named commended students in the 2005 National Merit Program have exhibited an outstanding academic performance for which they are being honored," commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. "We hope that the recognition received by these scholastically talented students will encourage them to take advantage of opportunities for the continued pursuit of excellence. The nation will benefit from the full development of this valuable intellectual resource."