MHS students get PSAT recognition

By The Mercury

•Manhattan High student Cassidy Harper recently received the distinction of Outstanding Achievement in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program provides recognition for outstanding black American high school students through the PSAT.

Of the more than 160,000 students who currently enter the National Achievement Program each year, more than 4,700 are honored.

A group of about 3,100 Outstanding Participants are referred to colleges for their potential for academic success.

A smaller group of about 1,600 are named Semifinalists, the only students who have an opportunity for National Achievement Scholarships.

Semifinalists will be named in late January.

•MHS students Tyler Belin, Stian Clem, Katherine Culbertson, Julie Pfromm, and Jonathan Turnley have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

In late September, more than two-thirds of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT receive Letters of Commendation.

Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that is typically below the level required for participants to be named semifinalists.

Although commended students don’t continue in the National Merit Scholarships competition, some students become candidates for scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

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