Posted Date: 09/27/2022
Union High School seniors Caleb Barrows and Akhil Pinnapareddy have been recognized as Commended Students as part of the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Caleb is the son of Brian and Venitta Barrows and Akhil is the son of Devender Pinnapareddy and Vineeta Katta, all of Tulsa.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship (NMSC) awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated potential for academic success,’ commented a spokesman for the NMSC. “These students represent a valuable resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of education 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.”
The honors follow the announcement earlier in September of six other Union students who were named National Merit Semifinalists.
Chargois recognized the students today in the College & Career Center, commending the students for their work and noting how close they were being named National Merit Semifinalists. He said they would continue to be recognized throughout the year. One of the people congratulating Barrows and Pinnapareddy happened to be Oklahoma State Teacher Of The Year Rebecka Peterson, who was back at the High School for a different engagement. Peterson, who teaches math at union High School, was excited to be part of the students’ recognition.
Union High School seniors Akhil Pinnapareddy, pictured left, and Caleb Barrows have been recognized as Commended Students as part of the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are seen here with Class Principals Tony Tempest and John Chargois, along with Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year Rebecka Peterson, one of the many teachers who have been instrumental in educating these two seniors.