The Out-of-Door Academy College Counseling Office is pleased to announce that seniors John Floersheimer and Ben Johnson have been named as National Merit Scholarship Finalists, and Nicklaus Auen, Adelaide Mahler, Kelland Timothy, and Clayton Watson have been recognized as Commended Scholars. Overall, the Class of 2019 has achieved the highest average SAT score in school history, eclipsing the previous record by 25 points!
This is the largest number of National Merit accolades ODA students have earned in a single year. Head of School David Mahler commends the group on earning this top honor. “This truly elite, national recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of this group of talented students, the high quality of our Pre-K-12 curriculum, and the commitment of our faculty to inspire ODA students to reach their full academic potential,” says Mr. Mahler.
Each year, more than 1.6 million students in the U.S. sit for the PSAT 11. Of that total, approximately 34,000 are named as Commended Scholars on the basis of a nationally applied selection index score. These honors are a testament to student mastery of the PSAT as well as focus and determination in academic pursuits. ODA’s two Finalists, who represent the top 1.25% of test takers, now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million and earning a Merit Scholar® title.
Early exposure to standardized testing beginning with the PSAT in eighth grade has helped students become familiar and comfortable with taking the test. In addition, many students choose to utilize a wealth of preparation materials, including taking multiple, full practice tests and accessing school sponsored summer test preparation through Revolution Prep. Every rising junior and senior at Out-of-Door is eligible for free, customized tutoring during the summer months. These strategies have proven to yield outstanding results for these dedicated students resulting in consecutive record high test scores by recent graduating classes.
The impressive high marks earned by the senior class is a reflection of the collective talent and work ethic of this year’s senior class. In addition to the seniors’ impressive achievement, ODA’s underclassmen average test scores has also increased, landing well above both state and national averages. Out-of-Door is pleased with the overall increases in average test scores, and counselors have noticed a marked, positive change in students’ level of confidence during standardized testing periods. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for all of their academic achievements!