Seven seniors received National Merit Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Monday in recognition of their high 2018 PSAT scores.
Alina Kim, Emily Smith, Katie Brockmeyer, Logan Delavan-Hoover, Maia Brandolini, Joel Zinkievich, and Joseph Lee scored in the top 50,000 of 1.5 million students who took the PSAT last year. Students who earn these letters scored within the top three to four percent of test-takers in their state.
Principal Bob Sinclair surprised the students with their letters in the College and Career Center Monday, Oct 7. “Our winners are all exceptional Bengals,” he says. “This commendation recognizes … the hard work and dedication they have put into their … academic careers.”
The students were pleased with their award. Brandolini expresses, “It feels great to receive a letter of commendation.”
Brockmeyer says, “I’m glad I can put this on my college applications.”
The seniors have some advice for those taking the Oct 16 PSAT. Kim says, “Eat a lot of breakfast, get sleep, and don’t forget to study.”
Mr. Sinclair emphasizes the importance of the PSAT for students. “This is just one measure of who you are, [but] you want to make sure your performance … represents your best efforts,” he says. “[It] could open the door for merit scholarships and will allow you to get a feel for your strengths and areas of growth when you take the SAT.”