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Students Earn National Merit, College Board Recognition

SJCS seniors Michael Zakrzwski and Alex Gillespie and have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program! Michael and Alex placed among the top 50,000 of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT).

In addition, SJCS seniors Bianca Alabau and Hannah Adams and juniors Christopher Suarez, Mateo Simon and Patrick Kucaba are among the 32,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs. These programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service.

These students earned this recognition by excelling on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classrooms. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year, and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year.

Bianca, Christopher, Hannah, Mateo and Patrick have been honored with National Hispanic Recognition Awards.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!!