by Mark Welch
JCPS had forty-six National Merit Semifinalists for the 2014-2015 school year, and PRP Senior Reece LeMaster is one of those semifinalists.
“It’s probably my greatest achievement yet,” said LeMaster. To get into the program, you must first take a test and have scores that are in the top 3% of junior PSAT scores.
PRP Guidance Counselor Tonya Wilson encouraged last year’s juniors to take the PSAT. PRP offers study sessions that go over the PSAT and provides practice tests to help the juniors taking the test. When asked what she would like for this year’s juniors to know, Wilson replied, “Use the study booklet and take the practice test.” She also talked about how the school should begin talking about the PSAT during your sophomore year to get the students prepared for the test.
For next year’s juniors, signing up for the PSAT is easier than ever. Students will sign up by bringing sixteen dollars to the counselors’ office and signing their names on a roster. Students who register will receive a booklet that will help them study for the test.
Students taking the PSAT may have the opportunity to win one of the 8,000 National Merit Scholarships, which are worth 33 million dollars overall.