Three earn 'Commended' student status; Quintero also earns honor

Bartlow, Graham, Woodward and Quintero earn academic honors
Posted on 10/09/2018
Picture of the kids and principal Doug Lauf

Top picture: IHS Principal Doug Lauf with Gabe Quintero. Bottom: Commended Students John Graham, Elijah Bartlow and Sara Woodward.

Four more Irondequoit High School seniors have earned national honors for their academic excellence. Elijah Bartlow, John Graham and Sara Woodward have earned the “Commended Student” distinction in the National Merit Scholarship Program and Gabe Quintero is among just 5,000 finalists in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

More than 1.6 million students took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Last month, Irondequoit seniors Owen Boice and Abby Levin were recognized among just 16,000 semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Bartlow, Graham and Woodward are among 50,000 “Commended” Recipients, a status that will help enhance their college resumes.

The annual academic competition is open to all U.S. high school students. The NMSC is a non-profit that was established in 1955.

Quintero was among 250,000 Hispanic/Latino students to take the PSAT. Students must have ancestors from one of 21 Hispanic/Latino countries or and Quintero’s hail from Puerto Rico. He also had to perform well on the test and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of his junior year.