Five Judge Memorial Students named Commended Students

Caroline, Hale, Sam, Joseph, and Allison have been presented with a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, in recognition of their academic achievement as scholastically talented seniors. 

Caroline Holyoak is the daughter of William and Linda Holyoak of Salt Lake City. She is a four-year member of Student Council, currently serving as Student Body Vice-President. She is a member of National Honor Society, Mock Trial, State Math Team, girls’ soccer, and girls’ golf. She has been a multiple category honoree in the annual state-wide English Quest competition. Caroline has received numerous academic awards for excellence, including in English, Spanish, Physical Education, and Theology. A graduate of J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, she has volunteered at the University of Utah Reading Clinic, the Glendale Community Learning Center, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, the Soup Kitchen, and J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School.  

Hale Rodgers is the son of Rob and Dawn Rodgers of Salt Lake City. A member of National Honor Society and the boys’ golf team, Hale also participates on the State Math Team and the Debate Team. He has earned academic excellence awards in Human Geography and Latin. University of Utah University hospital valet service, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Utah Arts Festival, Judge Memorial, St. Thomas More.  

Sam Stevenson is the son of Lori Krasny and Jeff Stevenson of Salt Lake City. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in numerous activities throughout his years at Judge including State Math Team, Drum Line, and Student Council. He received the Most Inspirational Award in National Honor Society as a junior. He has received academic awards for excellence in AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and Mathematics. The summer prior to his junior year, Sam experienced college-level research at the University of Utah working with molecular dynamics simulations of proton transfer in fuel cells. A graduate of The McGillis School, Sam has volunteered with Congregation of Kol Ami and with the Children's Center.

Joseph Stokes is the son of Christopher and Catherine Stokes of Bountiful. A member of National Honor Society and the Debate Team, he has participated in track and field and the State Math Team. He was a school honorable mention honoree in the school’s annual Poetry Out Loud competition, a member of the 2014 Homecoming Court, and a member of the Choir at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Joseph has received numerous academic awards for excellence throughout his years at Judge including in Latin, Social Studies, English, AP European History, Honors Biology, and English. A graduate of the Madeleine Choir School, Joseph is an active volunteer working with the Madeleine Choir School and the Choir School’s Summer Camp, St. Olaf Catholic School and with Catholic Community Services.

Allison Witte is the daughter of Madolin Witte and Chris Freymuller of Salt Lake City. Allison is a member of the National Honor Society and has received a Presidential Service Award for her service locally, state-wide, and internationally.  A member and captain of the girls’ swim team, Allison has received the Most Valuable Participant Award in swimming in both her sophomore and junior years. She has been awarded UHSAA First, Second, and Third Team All-State honors in swimming. Allison has volunteered with the South Main Spanish Speaking Clinic, Race Swami, Guadalupe School, and Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) with whom she worked in Panama.  

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  

“The young men and women named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokeperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their school plays in academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”