Academic achievements recognized
Nine BASD students were recognized at the October board meeting for excellent academic achievements. Every year, approximately 1.5 million students take the Preliminary SATs (PSAT) and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, in hopes of being recognized as a high scorer. The test results yield 34,000 students who are recognized as Commended Students for their high scores, and Bethlehem was proud to have seven students who met those criteria this year.
The board was joined by Principal Michael LaPorta of Freedom HS to congratulate Katie Zhao, Qing Adamson, Anjali Chhugani, Olivia Chhugani, Trevor L. Hartshorn, Kevin M. Raneri and Sahil Shah of Freedom. Principal Harrison Bailey III joined to congratulate Liberty student Jenna Reese.
Two more students were recognized as scoring so high on the test that they are entered into the prestigious semifinalist category.
Liberty students Raj Kundu and Julia Y. Zheng both will likely continue on to compete as finalists against the 16,000 other semifinalists selected this year. After submitting written applications students will also submit an essay, academic records, community service and employment documentation, and recommendations from school staff.
It is anticipated that 7,500 of the students will be selected to receive scholarships totaling nearly $31 million in total.