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NBHS senior named National Merit Commended Student

Luke Bird, 2018 National Merit Commended Student from New Braunfels High SchoolLuke Bird, a senior at NBHS, has been named a Commended Scholar in the National Merit Scholarship Program. He is the only NBHS student to be honored in this year’s national recognition program.

Bird is co-captain of the NBHS Wrestling team, Vice President of the National Honor Society, Senior Class President and Battalion Commander of the Marine Corps JROTC. He is currently ranked in the Top 10 in his class and is one of only five Marine Corps JROTC cadets in the nation and the only unicorn to ever to be awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement.

When he is not studying, wrestling or attending a school group function you can find him mowing grass, trimming trees and pressure washing to earn money for college. He plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy after high school to major in Chemistry. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he wants to serve as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is the son of Audra Courter and Chad Bird.

This National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarship that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Students in the National Merit Program are selected from the highest achievers and designated as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist in the first round. Only a Semifinalist advances to the final round and can become National Merit Finalist.

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