About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although Hosmer and the other commended students will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarships, commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition. Students enter the competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Hosmer was also accepted to study at Duke University this past summer as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program, or TIP. Duke TIP is a gifted education program based at Duke University that identifies talented students through administration of the SAT in the seventh grade. Hosmer studied in the Summer Institute of Human Genetics at Duke University, where she joined scholars from across the country and abroad.