Denison High School student Will Horning will be commended in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 34,000 students nation-wide will be commended based on exceptional academic promise. Recognized students placed among the top 50,000 out 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition.


The 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test served as a qualifier to enter the competition. Commended students will not continue to the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation will be presented by DHS Principal Cavin Boettger to Horning.


In a press release, NMSC said the students recognized represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing these students’ accomplishments is necessary for the advancement of education in the U.S. The organization hopes the recognition will aid in broadening educational opportunities for students. Those that are commended display outstanding potential for academic success.


NMSC was established in 1955 to identify and honor scholastically gifted American students. The nationwide competition awards program finalists and special scholarship receivers with funds to help them develop their abilities to the fullest. Participants must meet eligibility criteria. The organization has honored over 3 million students with approximately 414,000 scholarships totalling $1.6 billion.