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Four Mystic Valley students named National Merit Commended Students

Posted by boston.com  September 26, 2013 10:00 AM

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From left to right: Sophia Smail, Tania Fabo, Raphael Stigliano, and Emily Mui

The following was submitted by Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:

Four Mystic Valley Charter School seniors were recently named Commended Students in the2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.  The Commended students are: Tania Fabo , Emily Mui, Sophia Smail & Raphael Stigliano.

Tania Fabo is from Saugus where she lives with her parents her sister Stacey and her brother Agani. She plays varsity basketball and runs track for Mystic Valley. She is the Lt. Governor of the Key Club and a Head Delegate for the Model United Nations.

Emily Mui lives in Malden with her parents. She is a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, Science Club and Student Action Club.

Medford native Sophia Smail lives with her parents and brother, David, who is a Mystic Valley grad and her younger brother Stephen who is a freshman. She is active in the Key Club and Model United Nations.

Raphael Stigliano is a Malden resident who is active in the Key Club, Literary Magazine, Literature Club and Drama Club. He lives with his parents and sister, Angela who is a Mystic Valley alum.

Mystic Valley Assistant Director for grades 9-12, Alex Dan, was very pleased to hear the news and commented “Congratulations to Tania, Emily, Sophia, and Raphael on being named National Merit Commended Students, a designation only applied to 34,000 of 1.5 million students this year. This accomplishment illustrates what can be done when talented and motivated students are given the opportunity to progress through Mystic Valley’s rigorous, supportive, and structured academic environment. 

A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Mystic Valley Assistant Director, Alex Dan to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

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

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