Posted on 04/10/2018
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{April 10, 2018} ARNOLD, MO – Two Fox High School juniors, Mae Chott and RJ Macay have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for their scores on the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) exam.

“The PSAT is an important test for many reasons,” said Dr. Nisha Patel, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education. “Not only does it provide us with valuable information about our students’ academic strengths and needs, it also helps with securing merit based scholarships and allows students to predict how well they would do in advanced placement courses.  We are extremely proud to have our students gain National Merit Recognition, it’s a testament to their hard work and a reflection of the commitment to academic excellence by our teachers.”

Over the past 3 years, both Fox and Seckman High School have worked to grow the number of 10th and 11th grade students taking the PSAT test in the fall each year. In 2015, Fox High had 158 students take the test. That number was up to 279 in 2016 and to 297 in 2017. “This test helps to measure skills and knowledge that research has shown are the most essential for college and career readiness and success,” said Heather Schwalbe, a Fox High School Guidance Counselor. The 3 areas the PSAT measure are - Reading, Writing & Language and Math.

For 10th graders, this test is just a "practice" for them and it gives them their benchmark scores in the above 3 areas and to help them and their families understand their level of readiness for college and career training programs.

For 11th graders this test not only gives them a benchmark score, but also gives them a NMSC Selection Index Score. The Selection Index score is used by National Merit Scholarship Corporation to designate students to be recognized in its National Merit Scholarship Program.

This year, 2 Juniors from Fox High School have been identified as students based on their NMSC score as participants who qualify for National Merit Program Recognition. They are selected from over 1,600,000 entrants and then determined to be among the 50,000 high scoring participants nationwide - that’s the top 3% of all US students who participated in the test. Next September (2018), students and schools will be notified if preliminary qualifiers will be recognized as a "Commended Student" or move on with a smaller fraction of other students to become a National Merit Semifinalist.

“RJ & Mae are not only remarkable in their academic performance but both are extremely involved in numerous clubs and activities at FHS,” said Mrs. Schwalbe. “To my knowledge, in working as a high school counselor at FHS we have never had two students recognized in the same year as potential National Merit qualifiers. Our hope is to grow this number even more in the future and ultimately provide even more scholarship opportunities and recognition for our students.”

Please join us in congratulating RJ and Mae for this remarkable achievement!

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