A Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior has been named a finalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.
Harlan Kuhr is among approximately 8,000 students who have been chosen as finalists for the award, valued at $2,500 or more, depending on the award’s sponsor. According to the website of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which awards the scholarship, semifinalists are selected based on their score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)that most took as juniors.
"It’s good," Harlan said. "I believe it does help (college admissions). It looks very good."
Harlan has been a high-achieving student at PMSA. Last year, he scored a 35 out of a possible 36 on the ACT college entrance exam last spring. He said that he scored a perfect 36 on two portions of the ACT, including on the English portion.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Harlan is an embodiment of the students at PMSA.
"Harlan is a prime example of the excellent students that we have at PMSA due to the caliber of students that we attract and the quality of instruction here," she said. "We are extremely proud of Harlan, and we expect to see and hear great things from him in the future."
Due to graduate in May 2015, Harlan said that he is undecided on what he wants to study in college, though it will likely be biology-related.