Seven seniors from Columbia River High School recently achieved commendations from the prestigious National Merit scholarship program. Pictured above, from left, are Rebecca Bernheimer, Max Albrechtson, Rebecca Duncan, Daniel Nehnevaj, Ruby Davis, Nikita Kakorin and Cailin Dahlin.

Each year, out of more than 1 million entrants, approximately 34,000 of the highest-scoring students become commended students based on their preliminary SAT scores.