Two ODA Seniors Earn National Merit Finalist Recognition
The Out-of-Door Academy College Counseling Office is pleased to announce that seniors Arya Bulusu and Abby Eakle have been named as 2019 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
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. Arya, who represents the top third of high scorers, was notified this week that she has been selected as a winner of the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship and a Merit Scholar® title.
“Arya and Abby have always been passionate about academics,” said Darryl Calkins, Co-Director of College Counseling. “Their natural curiosity about every subject, and wanting to dig deeper across the curriculum translated perfectly into the PSAT/NMSQT. They approached the test as a puzzle to be solved.”
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.
Once again, 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 2020 for all of their academic achievements!