Based on their junior year PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores, students across the country were recognized as National Merit Scholars for exceptional scores. At Reagan, the students awarded were distinguished with a breakfast Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Canyon Springs golf clubhouse. They were also honored during halftime at the Friday night football game.
Counselor Kelly Quiroz organized both the breakfast and the ceremony.
“I think it’s important to recognize these students because it’s something that is very unique,” Quiroz said. “Sometimes students may not be doing the greatest in their classes, but they show their true abilities on this test.”
The students were recognized in different categories, ranging from Semi-finalists to Commended Students to National Hispanic Recognition Program to National Achievement Recognition Program. There are 1.5 million total students that take the PSAT in the United States and 50,000 with the highest PSAT scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
“I’m incredibly honored,” senior Sarah Gibson, semi-finalist in the 2013 Merit Scholarship Competition, said, “It feels great to know that all the hard work I put into studying for that test paid off, and it’s going to have financial ramifications for the future.”
According to the National Merit Scholarship website, more than two-thirds of the highest scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT in the nation are recognized as commended scholars. Senior Jacob Metz was among the 30 Reagan students who received letters of commendation based on their test scores.
“It’s just a score on a test, but nonetheless, I think how you do on the test is indicative of how much work you put in to get to that point,” Metz said.
Finalists in the 2013 National Hispanic Recognition Program:
Evelyn Alvarez, Michael Cantu, Ariana Ehuan, Shai Fernandez, Celia Hernandez, Daniella Martino, Jacob Metz, Colin Mock, Maria Moya Legorreta, James Napier, Christopher Olivares, Rodrigo Paramo, Jorge Ruiz Wyatt
Semi-Finalists in the 2013 Merit Scholarship Competition:
Paul Chung, Justin Garcia, Sarah Gibson, Celia Hernandez, Rodrigo Paramo, Abhinav Ranjan, Christina Wiener, and Ruizhe Zhao.
Semi-Finalist in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Competition:
Commended Students in 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program:
Alexander Au, Joshua Bedsole, Brittney Blaylock, Jonathan Cox, Brandon Dang, Steven De Lorenzo, Ariana Ehuan, Amanda Franklin, Elizabeth Freeman, Ryan Gabos, Varun Garg, Robert Ikerd, Mackenzie Jones, Aaron Lepeska, Jennifer Levasseur, Mark Mansi, Daneilla Martino, Jacob Metz, Tanner Moore, Kori Morris, Sterling Schrader, Allyson Scruggs, Kristina Seavers, Elizabeth Stutzman, Andrew Swallows, Antonio Tarantino, Benjamin Temple, Brittney Uhlenbrock, Tianheng Wang, Jingwei Zhan