October 21, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Questioning the Ethics of Unconventional Childbearing -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don’t Blame Video Games -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Versatility of Virtual Reality -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pondering Yondr -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mr. Shea: The Meme King -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

#AHistoryofBadBoycotts -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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

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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