Two students from General Douglas MacArthur High School were recently recognized on a national level for their exceptional scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
James Medina from MacArthur High School was selected as a Hispanic Scholar by the Hispanic Recognition Program, while Max Coley from MacArthur High School was honored as an African American Scholar in the African American Recognition Program.
Every year, these programs celebrate thousands of Hispanic, Latinx, Black and African-American students who take part in the PSAT/NMSQT during their junior years of high school. Coley and Medina were also recognized as Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program earlier this school year for their high scores on the very same exam.
To be selected as a Hispanic or African-American Scholar, a student must excel on the PSAT/NMSQT, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 by the middle of their junior year and identify as Hispanic, Latinx, Black or African-American. Despite these not being scholarship awards, earning a spot in the programs is considered an important academic honor that can help students earn acceptances to colleges and be considered for future prestigious scholarships. The two Generals received a certificate for their high achievement.