Three Waco ISD students have earned national recognition for their performances on the preliminary SAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) and have received notification of recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Hispanic Scholarship's National Hispanic Scholar program.
These prestigious awards are based upon scores from the PSAT, which students take in October of the junior year of high school. Approximately 1.5 million juniors across the nation take this exam every October, and of the 1.5 million entrants, 50,000 students with the highest scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing are recognized. The highest score any student can receive on the PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is 240. To qualify as a commended scholar a student typically must not score lower than 214; however, the range changes yearly to reflect the top score range in each state.
Waco High School senior Luke Barron has earned the title, “2015 Commended National Merit Scholar.” The students who receive this title represent approximately 34,000 of the approximately
50,000 high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT, scoring within the top one percent of the 1.5 million testers. Luke is the son of Lauren and Dale Barron.
Waco High School senior Sylvia Conatser and University High School senior Jesus Carrera earned distinction as 2015‐2016 National Hispanic Scholars. Sylvia is the daughter of Julie and Kyle Conatser. Jesus is the son of Carolyn Zuniga.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program utilizes these same PSAT scores to recognize high-achieving Hispanic/Latino students within the group of testers. Students who earn the distinction as National Hispanic Scholars represent the highest performers within that tested group. To be considered a National Hispanic Scholar, students must take the PSAT in October of their junior year, achieving the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score, earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year, and self‐identify as at least one‐quarter Hispanic/Latino.
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