Perfect SAT Scores Cause for Morristown Students' Celebration
Two students scores were perfect while 15 students were commended for PSAT achievements.
Two Morristown High School seniors received perfect scores of 2400 in their Scholastic Assessment Tests (SATs) in spring 2012, according to Interim Principal Ethel Minchello.
Seniors Brett Harvey and Catherine Wong, who are two of only 360 students nationwide to achieve perfect scores, were among the many high school students honored during a commendation ceremony at Monday’s meeting of the Morris School District Board of Education.
Minchello said approximately 1.6 million U.S. students took the SAT in 2012. Although the district has not received any confirmation about this, the principal said it is likely MHS could be the only school nationwide to boast two students with perfect scores.
Wong was also commended for her invention of an electrocardiogram device that utilizes cell phone technology, which has helped her to win NPR’s “Big Idea” Contest and become a finalist in the Google Science Fair.
Erin Colfax, a Science Academy teacher at MHS, said Wong will attend the Intel Science Talent Search in March in Washington, D.C. Colfax said the senior will compete for a $100,000 prize at an event she described as “the most prestigious and oldest science fair in the country.”
Colfax said Wong is one of just three students in district history to attend the fair.
“Cathy is paving the way for a new generation of young scientists,” Colfax said.
National Merit Scholarship Program Students Honored
A number of students were honored by the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, which they can qualify for by first taking the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test.
Senior Class President Charles Sanderson received recognition from the National Achievement Program, which the principal said recognizes “academically outstanding African-American students.”
Four students were honored through the program as outstanding participants in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Minchello said Alejandra Bedoya, Clarice Bedoya, Austin Ellis and Julian Mislovsky were all among the top two percent of Hispanic students who participated in the program and maintained excellent grades.
Bourland and Mislavsky are also among 12 students who received commendation for scoring in the top two percent of approximately 1.6 million students nationwide who took the PSAT. The other 10 students are William Ashton, Augustine Chiu, Ellen Lalk, Vincent Leahey, Joanna Lee, Zachary Ramsfelder, Sarah Schuenzel, Nayna Shah, Blake Talbert and Kyle Wyss.