St. Francis DeSales High School officials recently announced that senior Kristin Springer has been honored as a "Commended Student" by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. for 2010.

St. Francis DeSales High School officials recently announced that senior Kristin Springer has been honored as a "Commended Student" by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. for 2010.

The honor was accorded to her based on the scores she earned in the Preliminary SAT test taken in her junior year, according to the school's announcement.

Springer said last week that she thought she'd done well on the PSAT, but wasn't certain until the scores were announced.

According to the Web site of the National Merit Scholarship Corp., about 34,000, or roughly two-thirds, of the approximately 50,000 high PSAT scorers earn letters of commendation like the one Springer received.

"Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses," the Web site states.

Those scholarships might come in handy if one of Springer's possible college choices, the University of Notre Dame, turns out to be the right fit. She said that she's also applied to Ohio State University and is considering additional options.

Springer, who has attended St. Francis DeSales throughout her high school career, is hoping to major in biology as an undergraduate with an eye toward becoming a pediatrician.

"I love children," she said.

She is the daughter of Loan and Michael Springer of the Gahanna-New Albany area, and she said her parents are quite proud of her.

"Yes, I'd say they are."

-- Kevin Parks