Class of 2021 Seniors Receive National Merit Scholar Recognition
Congratulations to Mount Si High School eight seniors from the Class of 2021 for earning National Merit Scholars recognition this year. They earned this distinction by earning top scores in the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which students across the nation take their junior year.
Among the scholars, one Mount Si student – Raymond Silverman – was named a National Merit Semifinalist. For this distinction, he scored in the top 1% of students (in the top 16,000 students) out of 1.5 million students from 21,000 U.S. high schools who took the exam nationwide, and was among the highest-scoring entrants in our state. As a semifinalist, Raymond can continue in the program and compete through an application process, to be selected as a National Merit Finalist and qualify for college scholarships. (Finalists are typically announced in April.)
We also congratulate seven seniors who have been named National Merit Commended Students, in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. These students include (alphabetically): Anika Cusimano, Samuel Husemann, Austin Kinsella-Johnson, Jacob Marzetti, Sullivan McLaughlin, Emma Tuttle, and Malakhi Wheaton. Approximately 34,000 students (two-thirds) of the top 50,000 highest scoring students, out of 1.5 million students who tested, are honored with Commended Student awards each year. This commendation recognizes students' academic success and potential, demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the October 2019 PSAT/NMSQT® qualifying test – which they took as juniors.
Congratulations to Mount Si High School’s 2020-21 National Merit scholars. Great job Wildcats!
For the past few years, our district has established “Super Wednesday” as a day in October where all Snoqualmie Valley School District high school students – at both Mount Si High School and Two Rivers Big Picture High School -- have the opportunity to take college-prep exams, paid for by the district, and administered during the school day.
This year, since our secondary schools are in a remote learning model in the fall, we have chosen to administer the PSAT in January. We will also attempt to provide an opportunity for seniors to take the SAT at MSHS in the early spring, depending on health and safety requirements at that time. Currently, our plan to administer college admissions exams during the 2020-21 school year is as follows:
If conditions allow, all seniors will have the opportunity to take an official SAT exam at Mount Si High School during a school day free of charge.
All juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT® in order to prepare them for the SAT and post-high school educational goals, from which they may be eligible for National Merit recognition and scholarships (per the story above).
And, all sophomores and freshmen will take practice PSAT exams from the College Board.
Details will be provided closer to January regarding the administration of the PSAT and SAT during the 2020-21 school year.