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PMSA Celebrates Another National Merit Scholar: Student Ranks in top 5%

PMSA senior Morgan Osborn is standing out as one of the Academy’s top scholars.  He was recently commended by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for scoring in the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students in the nation on his PSAT exam.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students from across the country enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).  Osborn is one of 34,000 students throughout the United States being recognized for his academic ability and for being among the nation’s highest achievers.

“The young people named Commended Students, have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance,” commented a spokesperson for NMC. “We hope that this recognition will enhance their educational opportunities and that they will continue to diligently pursue their professional goals.”

Osborn hopes to go on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for engineering. For now, as a senior at PMSA, he says it’s just ‘cool’ to be recognized on a national scale.

“This is pretty awesome, especially because I was the only one in the whole school to receive it [commendation],” said Osborn. “I’ve never actually gotten recognition for anything saying that I did well on a national level. The ACT test prep that we did in school last year was pretty helpful.”

PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart congratulated Osborn on his accomplishment.

“We are extremely proud when our students are able to perform well and truly demonstrate their levels of academic excellence,” said Collins-Hart. “Morgan Osborn has represented Proviso Township High Schools well in a competition of over one million students and we are extremely proud of him.”

Congratulations Morgan! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.

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