Anna Inghram, Bea Cappio, Michael Gary, Alcen Chiu, Ciaran Healy, Nikki Falicov, Sam Lewis, and Charlie Kaufmann were named Scholars by National Merit Corporation. Not pictured: Nathan Burke.
The National Merit Corporation recognized nine University Prep seniors this month based on the scores they received on the PSAT. One student was named a Semifinalist for testing in the top 1% of test takers in Washington State. Congratulations to Ciaran Healy. Seven seniors were named Commended Scholars for receiving scores in the top 5 percent of test takers in the state. Congratulations to Bea Cappio, Nathan Burke, Alcen Chiu, Michael Gary, Anna Inghram, Charlie Kaufmann, and Sam Lewis. Nikki Falicov was named a National Hispanic Scholar, which recognizes Hispanic/Latinx students who achieve a high score along with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Congratulations to Nikki Falicov.
Here’s what the award meant to a few of the students:
Bea Cappio, National Merit Commended Scholar: "We don’t do class ranks or standardized tests at UPrep, so it’s an interesting opportunity for students to see their accomplishments in comparison to students across the state. I was surprised and excited and I called my dad because I didn’t think I was going to do well."
Nikki Falicov, National Hispanic Scholar: "I feel like it’s important to represent a community that typically goes underrepresented so students know that this is something that can happen to them. I was really, really happy about it. My brother was a National Merit Scholar. It felt nice to get an award that is different than his award and know that I’m capable in my own way."