Miss Hall's School announces that seniors Casey Booth Desnoyers and Sydney Frinks, both of Pittsfield, have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The designation means that Desnoyers and Frinks placed among the top five percent of the approximately 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarships.

The designation recognizes the students' academic promise and their exceptional performance on the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Desnoyers, the daughter of Amy Booth and Dennis Desnoyers, is the head of the school's Technology Club, has been the stage manager for several Theater Ensemble productions, and is active in technical theater, working behind-the-scenes to stage MHS performances.

An honor roll student, Desnoyers was a Big Sister as a junior and served on the school's Judicial Committee and on the staff of SoL, the school's literary magazine. She has also written for Hallways, the school's student-run newspaper.

Frinks, the daughter of Andrew and Lisa Frinks, is president of the student body, an Admission Ambassador, co-captain of the varsity softball team, and a member of Mira's Alliance for Philanthropic Sustainability, a student-led group that promotes fundraising and philanthropy on and beyond the MHS campus.

An honor roll student, Frinks has also been an MHS mentor, a science peer tutor, a member of the MHS Math Club and the varsity cross-country team, and has served on the staff of SoL.