National Merit Semifinalists

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Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) is pleased to announce the names of two high school students awarded the 2016 National Merit Semifinalist title for scoring in the ninety-ninth percentile of Tennessee students on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last year. Seniors Josh Betts and Jacqueline Meystedt have achieved this high academic honor and both will compete for the Finalist scholarship level, to be awarded this spring.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

“We are so proud of the academic accomplishments of our two National Merit Semifinalists, Josh Betts and Jacqueline Meystedt! They have each clearly distinguished themselves as active and determined learners, purposefully exploring and building knowledge and skills, and challenging themselves at ever-increasing levels of learning.  I congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments and look forward to their continued pursuit of excellence at the college level and beyond,” says Academic Dean Dr. Katherine Koonce.

Christ Presbyterian Academy is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school for grades preschool through 12. The Academy provides transformational education through a Christian worldview and offers extensive programs to develop the diverse potential of each student. CPA is a ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville, Tennessee.


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