MAPLE GROVE, MN – September 9th, 2020 – Parnassus Preparatory School Fourth Level Rhetoric (12th Grade) student Elijah Rothstein has been named as a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship competition.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students apply by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), usually in their third year of high school. Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers out of more than 1.6 million students who entered this year’s competition by taking the PSAT in the fall of 2019.
Another Parnassus student, 4R scholar Adam Priebe, was named as a National Merit Semifinalist.
“Elijah has been a member of the Parnassus community since we opened our doors and we are proud of all that he has accomplished in his time with us,” said Mrs. Ford, Executive Director of Parnassus. “He has always been a vibrant and engaged student who embodies our character pillar of citizenship through his involvement in and outside of the classroom.”A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by Principal Hamiel and Executive Director, Mrs. Ford, to Elijah in recognition of his scholastic achievements.
MAPLE GROVE, MN – September 9th, 2020 – Parnassus Preparatory School Fourth Level Rhetoric (12th Grade) student Adam Priebe has been named as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students apply by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), usually in their third year of high school. Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program receives approximately 1.5 million entrants. Adam was one of only 16,000 students nationwide to advance to the Semifinalist stage.
In order to become a Finalist, the selected students have to complete a detailed scholarship application that details the students’ academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and community service, leadership abilities, employment, and any honors or awards received. Semifinalists must also write an essay, sit for the SAT exam, and receive a qualifying SAT score.
Over 90 percent of the semi-finalists will be named as finalists for the scholarship. Of those finalists, about half go on to receive National Merit Scholarships. More than 200 colleges and universities around the country offer automatic scholarships for National Merit Finalists.
“The Parnassus staff and I are extremely proud of Adam for being recognized as a Semifinalist,” said Parnassus Preparatory School Executive Director Constance Ford. “Adam has distinguished himself through his diligence and hard work in our classical program and has always pursued his education to the fullest extent.”
In addition to being named a National Merit Semifinalist, Adam has previously earned national recognition on the Classical Learning Test, the National Latin Exam, and the National Greek Exam, receiving a perfect score on the National Greek Exam – Beginning Attic Greek this past spring. Recently, Adam has combined his talents to start a new adventure in entrepreneurship by founding his own LLC – Mock it Up! – a website and online application that mock trial teams can use to organize their documents and collaborate remotely.
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