Two Affton High School seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as Commended Students, according to Affton School District.
They are Jessica Castellanos and Christopher Murphy.
Castellanos, daughter of Chris Castellanos and Marion Healey, is involved in Student Council, Mathletes, National Honor Society, and the Affton Community Volunteer Organization (ACVO). Next year, she hopes to attend college in Chicago, possibly Loyola University, where she intends to study international relations and French.
Murphy, son of James and Joanne Murphy, is involved in the Technology Students Association, band, and is an engineering student in Project Lead the Way program. He also fences and plays Ultimate Frisbee. He has been accepted to Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla where he intends to study mechanical and computer engineering.
“Both of these students are highly motivated,” said Heather Mayfield, guidance counselor at Affton High School. “Jessica is a great student leader who sets a good example for others, and Christopher is a self-directed student. He takes responsibility for his own learning.”
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.