National Merit Semi Finalists announced

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National Merit Semifinalists for the class of 2015 earned the title by scoring at least a 218 on the PSAT. Seniors Rachel Pokorney, Bake Rice, Josh Wiggers, Megan LaMonica and Olivia Larkin qualified. "The most helpful thing I did was take practice tests," LaMonica said. Kehoe, who graduated a year early with the class of 2014, also qualified.

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Last week, PSAT national merit semifinalists were named. Seniors Rachel Pokorney, Blake Rice, Megan LaMonica, Josh Wiggers and Olivia Larkin were recognized for scoring at least a 218 on their PSAT last year. Former student, Haley Kehoe, who graduated a year early with the class of 2014, was also recognized.

Besides being a precursor to the SAT, the PSAT is used to award scholarships to high-scoring students, known as National Merit Scholars.

Semifinalist will not know if they will become scholars until next year.

NHS President Pokorney was just happy to know she is a semifinalist after the work she put in with More Than a Teacher, a PSAT/SAT preparation service used by several students. But even with preparation, Pokorney admitted her score was due partially to luck.

“It was crazy to know that the test came down to a few questions,” Pokorney said. “I’m really thankful the answers I chose worked out.”

After taking his test, Wiggers was unsure if he would be a semifinalist.

“I knew I had a good score,” Wiggers said. “But I wasn’t sure it would make the cutoff because it was close.”

In contrast to Pokorney, Wiggers, who hopes to major in chemical engineering, opted to prepare by participating in Cedar Park’s PSAT Team.

“I wouldn’t have been able to push myself to practice outside of school,” Wiggers said. “It forced me to prepare.”

Along with Wiggers, future bio-engineering major Spanish Honor Society Tresurer LaMonica practiced with the school’s program, taught by AP English III teacher Chriss Hexter and Pre-AP math teacher Linda Zeimann.

“It’s good to know that PSAT team paid off,” LaMonica said.

The National Hispanic Recognition and Commended scholar students were also announced.

Based on their PSAT scores from last year, seniors Noah Knight, Payton Morris, Julia O'Hanlon and Sarah Herzer qualified for the National Hispanic Recognition. "I am more of an ACT person, but I was pleasantly suprised," O'Hanlon said.
Jacie Knapp
Based on their PSAT scores from last year, seniors Noah Knight, Payton Morris, Julia O’Hanlon and Sarah Herzer qualified for the National Hispanic Recognition. “I am more of an ACT person, but I was pleasantly suprised,” O’Hanlon said.
In the class of 2015, 14 students were recognized as Commended Scholars based on their PSAT scores, including Alina Tang. "I didn't really prepare for the PSAT, so when I realized I was commended I was really suprised," Tang said.
Jacie Knapp
In the class of 2015, 14 students were recognized as Commended Scholars based on their PSAT scores, including Alina Tang. “I didn’t really prepare for the PSAT, so when I realized I was commended I was really suprised,” Tang said.