Five students at Morehead State's Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics have received letters of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students, their hometowns and their home high schools are:

Margaret Elizabeth Alden, Morehead, Rowan County Senior High School.

Claire Ilyse Butler, Louisville, Brown School.

Sierra Paige Potts, Stanford, Lincoln County High School.

Thaddeus Tchein Long, Fort Thomas, Highlands High School.

Aaron David Thomas, Foster, Pendleton County Memorial High School.

The students were recognized for being among the 50,000 highest national scorers on the Standardized Admissions Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (SAT/NMSQT). They will not move on to the semifinalist round of the competition but were recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students. The Craft Academy's purpose is to meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy challenges students to excel at their highest level through project-based STEM+X courses and hands-on learning experiences, with emphasis on innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.

For information about the Craft Academy, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/craft-academy, email craftacademy@moreheadstate.edu or call 783-2093.

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