17 Students Recognized for High Performance on PSAT
Continuing a long tradition, students at Charlottesville High School excelled on the 2015 SAT college-readiness test, far surpassing their state and national peers (see chart, below). In addition, based on the related PSAT test taken last fall, 17 CHS seniors have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, with five earning places as semi-finalists in the national scholarship competition.
- Five National Merit Semifinalists: In the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, five CHS students are semifinalists: Claire Jenkins, Graham Keeley, Liam O’Brien, Matthew Robinson, and Pascale Starosta. They are invited to apply to become finalists, eligible to receive National Merit Scholarships. Semifinalists represent less than the top 1 percent of U.S. seniors.
- Twelve National Merit Commended Students: In the same National Merit program, twelve CHS students were named commended students, representing less than the top 5 percent of test-takers: Andrew Beling, Grace Brecht, Ian Cropley, Amanda Engel, Robert Harder, Byron Harris, David Kriete, Mollie Pepper, Leighton Read, Joseph Riley, Gaia Sorensen, and Gabriella Szabo.
- CHS, State, and National Data for SAT: In reading, CHS earned a score of 564; the state received 516 and the US, 487. In math, the scores were CHS, 544; Virginia, 513; and US, 494. In writing, CHS, 539; Virginia, 493; US, 472.
“We are proud of our individual students and pleased with our school-wide success on this important college-readiness test,” notes Dr. Kendra King, Director of Student Services and Achievement.