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Lafayette Parish Students Excell On Preliminary SAT -- Others Qualify as National Merit Scholars

Jan 11, 2022 03:44PM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.
Congratulations to the following LPSS schools and students for scoring in the Top 91st percentile or above on the Preliminary SAT.

David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy: Zion Brown, Elizabeth Carlson, Kai Derouen, David Michael Erny, Alyssa Ewing, Brett Foster, Mia Landry, Allen Nicolini, Thomas Quebedeaux, and Logan Walley.

Lafayette High School: Gwendolyn Abadie, Amelia Cao, Chad Dauphiney, Dutch Dunphy, Bella Frederick, Alexander Hollier, Fahd Khattak, Sidha Kunada, Laila LeBean, Cadence LeBlanc, Amelia
Long, Lillian Mack, Isabel Nasr, Joshua Nguyen, Landon Olivares, William Perry, Erastus
Revellame, Holden Soileau, and Wyatt Stoute.

Ovey Comeaux High School: Ali Bernard, Wyatt Burke, and Jarkeylon Ismail.

Nationwide, students who score a 99th percentile or above qualify as a National Merit Scholar. David Michael Erny, one of David Thibodaux’s nine students recognized, earned this accolade. Hammaad Alam, Michael Curry, Pranjol Das, Ian Frick, Ding Jie Huang, Damien Nguyen, Kerry Pan from Lafayette High School, also received this distinction. Congratulations to all of these students.

About the PSAT and National Merit Scholarship
The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year. Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the reading, writing and language, and math test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Source: LPSS Media Release