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Senior Hannah Baines Named National Merit Commended Student

Senior Hannah Baines has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Secondary Principal Marsha Robbins to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "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."

Hannah's involvement at Cornerstone includes being vice president of the Beta Club, co-leader of Grow Groups, and a tutor at the Writing Center. Outside of Cornerstone, she volunteers with her youth group, serving as the student leader of the Welcome Team and a member of the Youth Council, a group of students who are mentored by the pastors and help plan events.

Hannah hopes to attend Anderson University, Samford University, or Kennesaw State University and major in nursing while fulfilling the medical school prerequisites. Her career goal is to become a neonatal nurse practitioner or a neonatologist.

"Cornerstone is giving me the academic foundation and planning skills I need to succeed in college as well as giving me a place to lead through service, grow in my faith, and make friends," said Hannah. "I have also learned diligence, independence, and self-motivation, all of which will serve me well in both college and life. I am very grateful for the lessons I have learned at Cornerstone."

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