District and Columbia High School (CHS) officials gathered with more than 50 students who have earned distinctions from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and The College Board’s National Recognition Program through high scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT/NMSQT.
“I want to congratulate our outstanding Columbia High School scholars who have earned these very special honors,” said Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent of the South Orange and Maplewood School District. “They are all tremendous representatives of their high school and the school District, as well as inspirational role models for all students who follow in their footsteps.”
“These hard-working students competed against 1.3 million test-takers from around the country and set themselves apart to be among the top 50,000 scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT,” said CHS Principal Frank Sanchez. “I want to congratulate every one of them and encourage them to keep up their pursuit of academic excellence.”
National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist
National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are academically talented high school seniors who will continue in the competition for a National Merit Scholarship.
National Merit Commended Student
National Merit Scholarship Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success and are recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
The following lists are of students who have earned College Board National Recognition Program awards. These students have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher and performed outstandingly on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or Advanced Placement exams.
National African American Recognition Award
Whitney Cabbagestalk, grade 11
Jonathan Crosse, grade 11
Penda Fall, grade 11
Sophia Halm, grade 11
Kaiya Montaro, grade 11
National Hispanic Recognition Award
National Indigenous Award