Max Baskin, a member of Walsingham Academy's Class of 2021, has earned the distinction of being named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Out of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2019 PSAT, only about 34,000 students are named Commended Students. Commended Students are recognized for "the exceptional academic promised demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test."
"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic said," a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation said. "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 education excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their education opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
Max's family moved to the area recently, but he has already made a strong impression with his teachers here at Walsingham.
"It is no surprise that Max received such recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program," English teacher Gretchen Roche said. "In the short time he has been part of our Walsingham Academy community, Max has established himself as an exemplary scholar. A student in my AP Literature class, his work is impeccable – intellectual, soulful and compelling – a delightful and rare gift.
During his high school career, Max has participated in debate team, Model UN and plays the euphonium. He is applying to colleges and universities around Virginia and the southeast and plans on majoring in Russian.