The Out-of-Door Academy College Counseling Office is pleased to announce that seniors Sloan Arslaner, Jack Bancroft, Natalie Carrión, and Victoria Woodruff have been named as 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, and Luke Pfahler, Daniel Szor, and Thomas Vicente have been named Commended Scholars.
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.
“To be recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist is a huge honor for students,” said Director of College Counseling Ms. Lisa Clay. “This achievement represents our students’ years of hard work and dedication to learning.”
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 2023 for all of their academic achievements!