Three seniors recognized as National Merit Commended Students; Hispanic Scholar

posted Sep 25, 2017, 12:56 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 6:38 AM ]

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Bartlesville High School seniors Zach Woods, Markus Klawun, and James Martinez have been named as Commended Students in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

They were among approximately 34,000 students who were selected nationwide for this recognition for being among the top 50,000 high scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)

"The young men and woman being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. "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."

James Martinez was also recognized by the corporation as a National Hispanic Scholar, scoring in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region. He is the son of Juan and Dana Martinez. James is a varsity runner on the track and state champion cross country teams. He was selected to perform with the All-State Orchestra in 2015 and 2016. James enjoys math and chemistry and was selected three times to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair, receiving a special award from the Air Force this past year. He also placed third at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposia. James is a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys spending his free time with his family as well as reading and gardening.

Markus Klawun is the son of Elizabeth and Christoph Klawun. He is in the National Honor Society and has been in orchestra since sixth grade. Markus is now concertmaster of the high school Symphonic Orchestra, has twice been to the All-District All-State Orchestra, and has been to the state Solo and Ensemble contest twice for a solo and three times for ensembles. He received the “Most Improved” award in 2015 on the cross-country team and joined the swim team last year. Markus has a black belt in karate.

Zach Woods is the son of Mike and Kathy Woods. He is a long-time member of the National Honor Society and Give Back America, a college preparation and scholarship group. Zach works part time at McAlister’s Deli and QuikTrip.

Class of 2018 National Merit Commended Students
Zach Woods, Markus Klawun, and James Martinez have been named National Merit Commended Students; James Martinez was also recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar