Academy senior Lindsey Hahn was named a National Merit Semifinalist, while Katie Martin ’11 and Lindsey Backman ’11 are both National Merit Commended Students. Lindsey Backman ’11 was also recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar.
High-school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.4 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Nationwide, only 16,000 students are selected as semifinalists.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Merit Scholarship awards are supported by some 500 independent sponsors and by NMSC's own funds. Sponsor organizations include corporations and businesses, company foundations, professional associations, and colleges and universities. They fund three types of Merit Scholarship® Awards: the National Merit® $2500 Scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards (www.nationalmerit.org).
In addition, a total of eight Academy students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Programs (AP) provides motivated and academically prepared students the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. With these courses, students may earn college credit and/or advanced placement for successful performance on the AP exams.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement, based on a student performance on AP exams. Academy’s honored students are broken down as follows:
Five students were named AP Scholars for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. They are Lindsey Backman ’11, Alexandra Davila ’11, Alexa Parisey ’11, Erin Pluchino ’11 and Kathleen Sheridan ’11.
Three students were named AP Scholars with Honor for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. They are Lindsey Hahn ’11, Brianna Kemm ’11 and Katie Martin ’11.