Twenty-seven Staples High School seniors have been named "commended students" in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program, according to Principal John Dodig.

The group comprises singers, athletes, journalists, computer whizzes, piano players, artists and actors, Staples officials said in a news release. All take advanced placement and honors classes and are active in community-service organizations.

They are:

Sara Banbury, Deanna Baris, Melissa Beretta, Ryder Chasin, Katherine Cion, Jack Cody, Tristan Forbes, Meghan Fox and Beatrice Gomes.

Also, Michelle Gurevich, Cecilia Kiker, Max Liben, Alex Mapley, Tyler Marks, William McDonald, Connor Mitnick, Anais Mitra and Emma Moskovitz.

And Victoria Nachman, Jessica Pressman, Jake Reiner, Daniel Shapiro, Ariana Sherman, Alec Solder, Carly Steckel, Baxter Stein and Nicholas Stern.

The 27 local students are among about 34,000 commended students nationally honored for what Staples said is exceptional academic promise, according to the release.

Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT.