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Rubric Barredo Named a Commended Student
Brooke Tometich

Rubric Barredo has been named a Commended Student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 out of 1.5 million students who entered the 2022 completion by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/MMSQT).

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”

2022 Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Announced
Brooke Tometich

Congratulations to Ben Altman and Gunner Schierling who were announced as Semifinalists in the 2022 Merit Scholarship Competition.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and scholarships that is open to all the U.S. high school students who meet published entry requirements. High school students entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists named in each year's Merit Scholarship competition show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Out of 1.5 million U.S. high school students who entered the 2022 competition for the National Merit Program Scholarship, 16,000 qualified as semifinalists. The 16,000 Semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1 percent of each state's high school seniors. They are the only participants who qualify to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2022. 



2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, Semifinalists

Ben Altman Scores Perfect 36 on ACT
Brooke Tometich

Congratulations to Ben Altman who earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36!

Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2020, only 5,579 out of 1.67 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36. (We had a member of the DCA Class of 2020 earn a 36 as well!)

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

“Earning a top score on the ACT is a remarkable achievement,” said ACT CEO Janet Godwin. “A student’s exceptional score of 36 will provide any college or university with ample evidence of their readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the US.

We are so proud of you Ben!