Senior recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Caleb Koch has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

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Senior Caleb Koch takes Freshman Carmen Lugo through the day's lesson during a Programming Club meeting Sept.  17.

Senior Caleb Koch takes Freshman Carmen Lugo through the day's lesson during a Programming Club meeting Sept. 17.

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Senior Caleb Koch takes Freshman Carmen Lugo through the day's lesson during a Programming Club meeting Sept. 17.

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It was announced Sept. 15 that Senior Caleb Koch has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

According to a press release from the scholarship corporation about 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Though they will not continue in the competition to be semi-finalists for the scholarship, these students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“Once you get your score back College Board will look at all the scores from around the nation and determines a cut-off for having the potential of being recognized as a national merit semi-finalist,” Koch explained.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Web site, of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

One-third of the 50,000 high scorers, or about 16,000 students, are named semi-finalists, designated on a state-representational basis. These students are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

“In Virginia, they will create a second cut off that is much higher than the national cut off. So if you make it past both cut-offs then you can be a national merit semi-finalist. If you don’t make the second cut off then you become a commended scholar,” Koch said. “The frustrating part is even with my score, if I had lived 10 minutes down the road in North Carolina I would have been a semi-finalist. In North Carolina, they have a much lower cut off rate so I would have been a semi-finalist. It’s honestly very frustrating.”

Only 7,400 students annually are named Merit Scholarship award winners. Every year some 1,200 National Merit Program participants, who are outstanding but not finalists, are awarded Special Scholarships provided by corporations and business organizations.

Principal Jay Lancaster said he was pleased with Koch’s accomplishments, certain that the senior’s future will be a promising one.

“Caleb continues to make Galileo Magnet High School proud with all of his accomplishments. While we were disappointed that he was not a National Merit Semi-Finalist due to Virginia’s high cut scores; this commendation still places him at the top 5 percent of the over 1.5 million students who took the PSAT.”

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