August 22, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bearcats Qualify for the National Merit Scholarship

 

National Merit Qualifiers at SMHS

On the morning of October 11, 2016, 10th and 11th grade students from all over the nations took the PSAT or the NSMQ. The test is composed of three sections; reading, writing, math and, while the test prepares students for the SAT, it also allows 11th grade students to qualify for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.  At San Mateo High School, there are 5 students who are semi-finalists in the competition to the receive $2,000.

Recipients of the scholarships are chosen by a committee of college admissions officers and secondary school counselors. The selection process is based on the student’s academic record, his or her significant contributions to the school and community, and the recommendation of the student’s school principal.“I feel honored that my score on a standardized test qualifies me to be a National Merit semifinalist”, says Shannon Lu (12). Shannon Lu, Vidhaat Dunna, Emily Sun, Charles P. Xiao and Lily Sai (all seniors) are students at SMHS who are semi-finalists for the competition. “Before I took the test, I didn’t really have any expectations. After the scores came out, though, I thought I might qualify.” also says Shannon. Senior Vidant Dunna on the other hand expected this kind of result. “I had a feeling that I would qualify due to my performance on the PSAT sophomore year”.  Students who qualify for the scholarship through their PSAT score have to have a score in the top 99 percentile.

According to Mr. Hanson, “qualifying for the scholarship is very difficult” and that “these students should be very proud of themselves”. For any information about the PSAT or the National Merit Scholarship you can visit Mr. Hanson in the career center or the National Merit Website.

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