Published April 24, 2014
By Devin Corbitt, News Editor
The Belton Independent School District honored 24 sophomores on Tuesday for their achievements on the PSAT/NMSQT.
“This is about celebrating our students, and that’s what we’re here for,” BISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said. “I just want to say congratulations to you on your high scores on the PSAT. We are so proud to have you in our schools.”
The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT that also qualifies students who perform well for the 2015 Merit Scholarship Program. The test automatically enters eligible students as National Merit Finalists, which can then lead to many scholarship opportunities. Of the approximately 1.5 million students who take the PSAT each year, only about 8,000 will receive scholarship awards.
“This really is a big deal,” Randy Pittenger, President of the Belton ISD Board of Trustees, said. “My challenge to you is to say thank you to somebody who helped get you to a point academically where you could excel, where you could do something special.”
The students honored at the 2014 Superintendent Scholar Award Ceremony were in the top 14th percentile in the nation.
“You represent America’s best right now,” Chris DuBois, Principal of Belton High School, said. “We’re very proud of you.”
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Ed Braeuer presented plaques to Madeline Bandy, Cassandra Burns, Aidan Christian, Anne Ciccariello, Taryn Cook, Brienna Correll, Kaitlyn Curry, Natalie Davis, Bethany Goad, Austin Hagen, Nicholas Hauger, Thomas Holcomb, Andrew McMahon, Sumner Moore, Heather Parker, Rachel Parker, Miao Peng, Lauren Phillips, Madison Pratt, Meredith Ramba, Gabriel Rocero, Joshua Stegall, Alyson Win and Kyle Winters.
“I want you to keep in mind that to whom much is given much is expected,” Pittenger said. “You’ve been given an opportunity, and an opportunity is the saddest thing you could ever waste, so don’t.”
Students were given a free SAT study guide to help enhance their performance on the test.
“You guys have scored amazingly well, and if you look under your chair, there’s a prize for you to take home tonight,” Jan Fall, Coordinator for Advanced Academic Services, said amidst the laughter of parents and students.
For more information on the PSAT/NMSQT, visit www.nationalmerit.org.