Cathedral Catholic High School student Ryan Alexander has been named a Commended Student for placing among the top five percent of those who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Ryan is one of approximately 34,000 other Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. In addition to being named a Commended Student, Ryan recently earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36, an achievement that less than one-tenth of one percent of all test takers accomplish.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT – a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Learn more at