PCA Students Recognized with National Merit Honors

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PCA is pleased to announce that Connor Foley has been named as a semifinalist in the prestigious 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Connor is among approximately 16,000 students nationwide who now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards to be offered this year.  A semifinalist must have excellent academic standing, top SAT results, and be among the highest scoring PSAT entrants in each state.

Connor is an active member of PCA’s Quiz Club.  Donna Capern, one of the coaches, was not surprised by Connor’s success. “Connor’s sharp, retentive mind and ability to stay cool under pressure are invaluable in academic competition, and his strong leadership skills have made him an effective student leader both in academic and athletic venues, “said Capern.

Another PCA student, Carly Baracco, was also honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a National Merit Commended Student.  Out of the 1.5 million students to take the PSAT/NMSQT only 50,000 are recognized as high scorers. Two-thirds of the high scoring group are then specially recognized with this honor.

“Carly is one of those students who embody the totality of our mission statement.  It’s a rare thing to see that much intellectual firepower packaged with humility and a servant’s heart,” said Stephen Foley, Carly’s English teacher last year.

These honors are yet another example of how PCA students continue to distinguish themselves among their peers in academic excellence on a national level.