Jessica Plumbley of Medford has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She currently is a senior at Midland School in Los Olivos, Calif.

Jessica Plumbley of Medford has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She currently is a senior at Midland School in Los Olivos, Calif.

About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2009 competition by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.