Order photos

WE seniors named National Merit finalists

by | Apr 11, 2019 | Education

Two Wylie East students earned a distinction that less than 1 percent of high schoolers achieve each year.

Jaxson Hill and Zachary Kvale, both seniors, were named National Merit Scholarship finalists. Out of 3.6 million seniors in the U.S., only 15,000 earn this standing.

The highest possible Preliminary SAT (PSAT) score is a 1,520. Jaxson received a 1,490 and Zachary received a 1,480.

In Wylie ISD, all students take the PSAT their junior year. They join 1.6 million other test-takers across the country, and the National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes the 50,000 with the highest scores. Of these, 34,000 are named commended students, and the remaining 16,000 move on to become semifinalists in September of their senior year.

Semifinalists submit school records, official SAT scores and an application during the fall. In February, 15,000 are named finalists.

Both Wylie East students credit preparation, during class as well as on their own, for their success.

“The biggest thing is realizing you need to study,” Zachary said.

“You want to study, but you also don’t want to stress,” Jaxson added.

They both take Advanced Placement English Literature and AP Government and Economics. Jaxson also has AP Calculus and AP Physics, while Zachary is enrolled in AP Statistics and AP Research.

Additionally, Zachary is in band and Boy Scouts, and recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Jaxson is involved with choir, academic decathlon, robotics and the solar car team.

To prepare for the PSAT and SAT, Jaxson studied Princeton Review guides while Zachary utilized Khan Academy, an online resource.

By June, the students will be notified about whether they won scholarships. The program offers $2,500 National Merit scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships and college-sponsored scholarships.

Zachary plans to study entrepreneurship this fall, and is fairly certain he will attend University of North Texas. Jaxson has not decided on a school yet – he has been accepted to Rice University, Harvard University, University of Texas and Texas A&M. Wherever he goes, he intends to major in engineering.

As they prepare to graduate next month, both students feel grateful for the ways Wylie East and the National Merit Scholarship Program have prepared them for the future.

“Recently (the school) has done it so everyone at the school except for seniors can take the PSAT,” Jaxson said. “That definitely helps improve scores. The more times you take it, the better you do.”

“Wylie East also provides you with the knowledge base of what the test is like,” Zachary added. “More students need to read up about it. It’s a pretty amazing opportunity.”

 

For more stories like this, see the April 11 issue or subscribe online.

 

By Morgan Howard • [email protected]

NTMWD Plant Smart 2024

0 Comments

Related News

Long overdue raise approved for GISD teachers

Long overdue raise approved for GISD teachers

Chief Financial Officer Darrell Dodds. Courtesy GISD. The Garland ISD board of trustees meeting was truncated due to the storm leaving many campuses without electricity at the end of the school year. But it did include the approval of raises for the district’s...

read more
Sachse High seniors earn diplomas

Sachse High seniors earn diplomas

Graduates of Sachse High School Class of 2024 toss their caps in the air signaling the end of their high school journey. After multiple days of power outages, road closures, fallen trees and rescheduled events due to the storm, the Sachse High School Class of 2024...

read more
Wylie East seniors celebrate milestone

Wylie East seniors celebrate milestone

Wylie East Class of 2024 graduates celebrate the end of their high school careers Saturday, May 25 at CUTX Event Center in Allen. On a busy Memorial Day weekend honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice, family, friends, staff and Wylie ISD trustees gathered to...

read more
Final budget update presented

Final budget update presented

A groundbreaking ceremony for Kreymer Elementary, the newest Wylie ISD school scheduled to open at Brown Street and Springdale Way in 2025, was held on Monday, May 20. A few hours after a groundbreaking ceremony for Kreymer Elementary, the district’s newest school...

read more
Fake school threats, real consequences

Fake school threats, real consequences

Wylie ISD parents and students should know that there are no fake school threats according to Texas law, or the school district. As several surprisingly young students have learned this year, one comment made in jest can lead to an arrest.  According to Assistant...

read more
Subscribe Love