Ryan Fanella Named Commended Student in National Merit Scholarship Competition

DANBURY—Patrick Higgins of Immaculate High School announced that Ryan Fanella ‘19 of New Milford has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program.

Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the over 1.6 million students nationwide who entered the 2019 competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).

“We are very proud of Ryan’s achievement and extend our heartiest congratulations to him and his family for his continued success and demonstration of academic excellence,” said IHS Principal Patrick D. Higgins, Ed.D. Immaculate High School’s combined SAT scores continue to be the highest among the Diocese of Bridgeport’s high schools.

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

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, personal commitments and service to others. Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.