Land O'Lakes High School seniors Sebastian Garcia, Ram Sundaresh, Kenneth Mendenhall and Sean Lawson have been named commended students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship program.
About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise.
Although they will not continue in the 2009 competition for National Merit Scholarships, commended students place among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5-million who entered the 2009 competition by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Sebastian Garcia was also named a 2008-09 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. The award was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino students. Some 5,000 students selected from a pool of more than 200,000 students who took the 2007 PSAT are being honored this year.