SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic seniors Isabela Allen, Elizabeth Chin, Danielle Coyne, Kaitlyn Dohn, and Maximilian Salameh have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation has been awarded to Allen, Chin, Coyne, Dohn, and Salameh, for their outstanding performances on the 2019 Preliminary SAT.

High school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, which began in 1955, by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves approximately 1.5 million entrants each year. Of those 1.5 million students, approximately 50,000 students with the highest PSAT scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Allen, Chin, Coyne, Dohn, and Salameh were all honored and flattered to be recognized for their academic success.

“I feel so grateful to have received this honor,’’ said Allen. “I was very excited when I found out, and I am so appreciative of all the support I have received throughout my time at Union Catholic.’’

“This is so incredible,’’ said Dohn. “I'm so honored to have received this award.’’

“I’m very proud of this accomplishment and grateful for all the support I have received from my family, friends, and teachers,’’ said Coyne.

Chin said she didn’t do as well on the PSAT the first time she took it, but worked hard to earn this honor.

“I feel honored to be a PSAT commended scholar,’’ said Chin. “I took a PSAT practice test my sophomore year  and I had one of the lowest scores in the class. I bought a practice book and studied hard to get a higher score in my junior year. Hard work pays off."

“It means a lot to me, as I've been working nonstop to perfect my SAT score, so to get recognized for my PSAT score feels really good,’’ said Salameh.

Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, is very proud of what the students achieved.

“Congratulations Isabela, Elizabeth, Danielle, Kaitlyn and Max on being named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program,’’ said Sister Percylee. “Everyone here at Union Catholic is so proud of your great achievement. God Bless.’’

Union Catholic (1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) prepares a diverse student body to fulfill their college and career goals by cultivating the students' achievement of academic standards of excellence within a value-centered environment, strong in its commitment to our core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and community), and to the establishment of a community of faith and love in the Catholic tradition. For more information, call (908) 889-1600 or visit