Pingry Announces Commended Students in 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program

BASKING RIDGE — Forty Pingry seniors are recognized for exceptional academic promise as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Pingry has now had 175 Commended Students over the past five years.

The Commended Students from Essex and Union counties are: Alyssa Baum, Short Hills; Erica Cheung, Maplewood; Katherine Curran, Berkeley Heights; Avery Hatfield, Summit; Justin LeAndre, South Orange; Stephanie Lipper, New Providence; Kunal Nabar, Short Hills; Gavriella Shandler, Maplewood; Neeraj Shekhar, Westfield; and Bryan Tiggs, Orange.

The Pingry School is recognized throughout the United States for its academic excellence, Honor Code, arts, athletics, and universal concern among faculty for each student in the school.

Pingry, a K-12 coeducational, independent country day school, was founded in 1861 in Elizabeth by Dr. John F. Pingry and is spread over two campuses: K-5 in Short Hills and Grades 6-12 in Basking Ridge. The diverse student body is composed of approximately 1,080 students from 108 communities and 14 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For more information visit,