The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)— a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year— and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. In late August, Andrew was notified that he qualified as a National Merit Semi-Finalist.
Finalists course load, rigor, depth and breadth of subjects studied, and grades earned are all taken into account. Each student must submit a self-descriptive essay, highlighting activities, leadership, employment, and contributions to the school and community. The Scholars selected by the Committee are those determined to have the strongest combination of attributes and accomplishments and the greatest potential for future success in college studies and beyond. Andrew is among 2,500 finalists out of 16,000 semi-finalists!
Andrew is a member of Saint Eleanor Parish, he attended Spring Ford School District before coming to PJP in his Freshmen year. Andrew is Student Council Treasurer, he is an Eagle Scout, and a valued employee of Wegmans Super Market, Collegeville. He has participated in the Community Service Corps, Speech and Debate Club, Conspiracy Club, and Quiz Bowl in his four years at PJP.
Congratulations to not only Andrew, but to his parents and teachers! We are so proud of you.
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