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Last Updated: 9/16/2022 6:50 PM

Four Wyoming High School students recognized for outstanding performance on PSAT

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the CollegeBoard are recognizing four Wyoming High School students for their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).

Academic standouts

WHS students (pictured left to right) Jackson Harness, Ari Peraza-Webb, Anna Zimmerly, and Avery Betts

Jackson Harness

Senior Jackson Harness has been named a 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist. Additionally, Jackson scored a perfect 36 on the ACT this year. Jackson’s favorite subjects are math and science. 

“I really enjoy hands-on work where I can see the results,” said Jackson.

“In AP Physics and Chess Club, Jackson always brings his enthusiasm and natural curiosity with him," said Physics Teacher Pat Counts. "He works hard to get better and better every day."

"Jackson has a positive attitude, works hard, and is often engaged in conversation with his teachers,” said Principal James Stallings. “He is dedicated and deserving of everything he has accomplished!”

Avery Betts

Junior Avery Betts has been named a National African American Recognition Award Winner.

“Avery is engaged and focused in class,” said Teacher Todd Siler. Mr. Siler teaches AP US History, Avery’s favorite class this year. “She is very kind and supportive of her peers.”

Ari Peraza-Webb

Junior Ari Peraza-Webb has been named a National Hispanic Recognition Award Winner. Ari’s favorite class this year is math.

“Ari is a student whose talents appear boundless,” said Math Teacher Matt Harms. “One month into the school year, he has shown me that he will be one of my top Advanced Placement Calculus students with his combination of natural ability and solid work ethic.”

“ When it comes to music, calling him talented doesn’t even scratch the surface for Ari’s amazing aptitude,” continued Mr. Harms. “I look forward to seeing the many wonderful things that Ari’s abilities and efforts will allow him to accomplish!”

Anna Zimmerly

Junior Anna Zimmerly has been named a National African American Recognition Award Winner and Advanced Placement Chemistry is her favorite class. 

“APChem is definitely a big challenge, but it’s also fun,” said Anna.

“Anna is a conscientious, diligent worker and it’s clear that she is having fun with her classmates as she works through the difficult concepts,” said AP Chemistry Teacher Nathan Bramble. “Anna clearly feels comfortable collaborating with her counterparts to make everyone better.”

The 2021 PSAT/NMSQT served as an initial screen of entrants to the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Selection Index scores of students who met program participation requirements were used to designate a pool of more than 16,000 Semifinalists on a state allocation basis. Semifinalists are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states and represent less than one percent of each state’s high school seniors. Although Semifinalist qualifying scores vary from one state to another, the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. More information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is available here.

The CollegeBoard’s National Recognition Programs award underrepresented students with academic honors and connect them with universities across the county. Students are eligible if they score in the top 10% on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 or score a 3 or higher on two or more distinct AP Exams in the eligible exam periods. Additionally, award recipients must have a 3.5 GPA at the time of application. Both weighted and unweighted GPAs are considered. More information about the CollegeBoard National Recognition Programs is available here.