Principal Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM of Marian Catholic High School has announced Michael Lack and Alex Garber have been named Commended Students in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

Garber is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, holding the office of chapter president, scholastic scrimmage, media and track.

He is the son of Quinten Garber of Tamaqua.

Lack is the son of Michael and Yuko Lack, Nesquehoning. He has been a member of the Presidents List, National Honor Society, Academic Excellence Scholarship, National Education Development tests top ten percent, Best of the Best Award, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Award and National Spanish Exam Award.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2010 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

"Recognition of high-achieving students is essential to advancing educational excellence in our nation," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "As demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program, the young men and women named Commended Students represent some of the most academically talented students in our country. We sincerely hope this recognition will enhance their educational opportunities and encourage them in their pursuit of academic success."