OURAY – Ouray High School students Bonnie Hansen and Nicholas Pieper have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The brainy duo will be presented with letters of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Hansen is currently a senior at OHS. She is planning to study filmmaking, an interest she developed while taking Film Production classes at Ouray High School. She has applications on the east and west coasts but is not sure where she will land. Last summer, she attended the Chapman Summer Film Academy in Orange, Calif.
"It was an incredible experience that affirmed the direction I want to take in my life with film production,” she said. Hansen currently serves as Co-Editor of the Trojan Tribune and is looking forward to this next chapter in her life.
Pieper graduated early and is attending the University of California at Santa Barbara studying environmental science with an emphasis on marine biology. As a student at OHS, he was a star member of the undefeated OHS Knowledge Bowl team known as the “A Team” that won first place at the State Knowledge Bowl last spring.
About 34,000 commended students throughout the U.S. 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.
“The young men and women being named commended students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said 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.”