Dobyns-Bennett High School Students Recognized as Commended Students

Kingsport, Tenn. – Nine (9) Dobyns-Bennett High School students have been named as Commended Students in the 67th Annual 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program, a program designed to identify and honor the top high school students in the United States.

Those named as Commended Students from Dobyns-Bennett are:
  • Benjamin Allen
  • Solomon Blair
  • Kerri Coen
  • Mason Craft
  • Henry Homoky
  • Jerome Jarjoura
  • Neekon Nejad
  • Nick Sadeghi
  • Rishita Vutukuri
"It is a great honor to celebrate these scholars and their contributions to our school and community," said Dobyns-Bennett Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. "Not only do they excel in our classrooms, but they also contribute significantly to Kingsport. I am confident they will continue to lead and succeed at the college level."  
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screening of program entrants. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
From approximately 16,000 students qualified as Semifinalists, about 95 percent of the semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2022 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378.8409 or visit
Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice, and an alternative learning program; with a total enrollment of over 7,600 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.

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