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PMSA Senior Scores High on ACT, Named National Merit Semifinalist

September 18, 2014 02:50 PM
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Harlan Kuhr said that at the current time, he is undecided on where he plans to attend college after he graduates from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy in the spring.

The PMSA senior likely will have his choice of schools, however, as he scored a 35 out of a possible 36 on the ACT college entrance exam last spring. In addition, he recently was named a semifinalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

Harlan said that he scored a perfect 36 on two portions of the ACT, including on the English portion. He said that he felt prepared for the exam.

"I would say that it came mostly easy to me," he said. "Our teachers went over the basic types of problems that we would find on there, and with that basic familiarity, I was able to really just show up and take it. I got a 31 on the practice ACT, so I was expecting to do better because I was more familiar with the test."

More recently, he was named a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship. 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. In spring 2015, approximately 8,000 students who were chosen as finalists will be notified that they have won a National Merit Scholarship, valued at $2,500 or more, depending on the award’s sponsor.

Harlan said that he did not know the significance of his achievement until he researched it.

"I wasn’t entirely sure on what it meant until I looked it up and saw that people with that same score can get into a lot of different top schools," he said. "So that was sort of surprising to me, especially since it was my first time taking the test (PSAT)."

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Harlan is an embodiment of the students at PMSA.
 
"Harlan epitomizes the high level of quality and performance that students at PMSA are exposed to daily," she said. "We are so proud of his accomplishments and expect to see and hear great things from him in the future."
 
Due to graduate in May 2015, Harlan said that he is deciding on what he wants to study in college and where he wants to go to school, though he said that he would like to go to the University of Chicago.

Congratulations, Harlan!
 
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