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Six Seniors Earn Recognition through Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Six Seniors Earn Recognition through Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test Elkins Park (October 2, 2020) - Congratulations to CHS seniors Damian Antoan, Molly Cohen, James Griffen, Eli Kofman, Alejandro Plata, and Benjamin Soboloff for earning recognition for their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) they took as juniors.

Antoan, Cohen, Griffen, Kofman and Alejandro Plata earned “Commended Scholars” status from the National Merit Scholarship program, while Soboloff received “Scholar” recognition from the College Board National Recognition programs

Soboloff qualified for the College Board recognition by achieving the minimum requested PSAT/NMSQT scores (qualifying level may vary by state each year), earning a cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA by the middle of his junior year, and identifying as African American. The College Board National Recognition programs create pathways to college for students from underrepresented communities by awarding them academic honors and connecting them with universities across the country.

The “Commended Scholars” qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program by finishing in the top 3-4 percent (about 50,000) of the approximately 1.5 million who took the test as juniors. Of those roughly 50,000, about 34,000 are deemed “Commended Scholars.” Although commended scholars do not continue in the scholarship competition, some do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) launched the National Merit Scholarship Program to recognize “talented American youth and encourage them to develop their abilities to the fullest.”