Scoring high on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) is no easy task, but two students in the Homer Central School District were recently recognized for their success on the exam.
Seniors Raymond Meng and Conor Powers both scored well enough on the PSAT’s to be recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Meng has been named a semifinalist in the competition, while Powers has been named a Commended Student.
“It feels pretty good, it’s a culmination of a lot of hard work to get that. I was aiming for a high score, so it feels good to be recognized,” said Meng.
Powers was recognized for his exceptional academic promise. He is among the top 50,000 students who entered the competition. Meng is in a nationwide pool of semi-finalists; a pool that represents less than one percent of high school students and includes the highest-scoring entrants from each state.
“We are proud of Raymond's and Connor's recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. They both have worked hard here at the high school, and I am glad to see them achieve recognition for the efforts they both have put in,” said high school principal Doug Van Etten.
Both Meng and Powers offered up some advice to those taking the PSAT this year. Meng suggested preparing early and taking a few practice tests because it’s very long and unlike any test you’ll take in high school. Powers said to not stress and be sure to bring a snack to help you power through the day.
Meng will learn in April 2022 if he is a finalist in the competition.