SCA senior Samuel Holland was named a National Merit Semifinalist and senior Ashley Thompson was named a commended scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
National Merit Semifinalists score in the top 1% of the 1.66 million students who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) each year. Commended scholars are in the 3% of the 1.66 million students who take the PSAT/NMSQT each year.
In addition to being named National Merit Semifinalist, Samuel is also one of only 781 students nation-wide to achieve a perfect ACT score of 36! Samuel is the son of Wayne and Marlene Holland. He is on the SCA varsity cross-country team, is active in the SCA band, and is a member of the worship team.
Ashley Thompson is the daughter of David and Kimberlee Thompson. She is in SCA’s Concert Chorale and Jr./Sr. Ensemble, on the Varsity soccer team, is leader of SCA’s Global Connect organization, and president of Student Government.
"We are very proud of our scholars," shared SCA Academic Dean Kimberlee Gill. "It is exciting to have two of our students score in the top 1% and 3% of students across the country. We are a small school, but have such a rigorous academic program that our students are prepared to not only compete and succeed here, but also at the collegiate level."
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.