Being a Commended Student means the student is among the top 5 percent of scorers among the 1.5 million students who entered the scholarship competition. Students are automatically entered when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Walquist did not score high enough to be a contender for a Merit Scholarship.
“It was a huge surprise to me,” Walquist said about learning he had been named a Commended Student.
Walquist said he plans to attend college after graduating this year from PHS but is undecided about a school and career.
Walquist’s extracurricular activities at PHS include being captain on the boys soccer and track teams and a member of the Chamber Singers.