Congratulations to OIS seniors Nicole Yoo and Mark Yamamoto for being named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Demonstrating their dedication to their studies, they are pictured above on a very rainy morning in homeroom, hustling to school despite the inclement conditions. Mark and Nicole completed the PSAT last October and received their certificates last week. Congratulations!
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The top 0.5 % of the 1.5 million students from over 22,000 high schools are named semi-finalists. The program is only open to US citizens and the National Merit Scholarshipo Corporation is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization based in Evanston, Illinois, USA.
The PSAT assesses critical reading ability, mathematics problem-solving ability and writing ability, rather than existing knowledge. At the conclusion of the competition, a select group of finalists is chosen to receive university scholarships totaling over $35 million US dollars.
OIS administers the PSAT every October and students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to sit the exam. For more information, please contact our learning support coordinator for more information.