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Western Tech's PSAT/NSMGT Semifinalist

Congratulations Albert J. Ko!
Posted on 09/15/2017
Albert J. Ko with Principal Murray "Buddy" Parker, PSAT/NSMQT Semifinalist‚ÄčWestern Tech senior, Albert J. Ko, has been named a seminfinalist in the National Merit® Scholarship Program's annual academic competition for recognition and college scholarships. About 1.6 million juniors from more that 22,000 high schools applied for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by participating in the 2016 PreliminarySAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The highest scoring entrants in each state create the national pool of 16,000 semifinalists, which represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the nation. Most semifinalists advance to the finalist level (based on their academic records, recommendations and SAT scores) and compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.  Maryland traditionally ranks among the most rigorous states for applicants in the National Merit Scholarship Program. With the exception of the District of Columbia and international applicants whose cutoff score for the 2016 program was 223--Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Virginia, and Washington state's cutoff score was reported to be 222.

Through its longstanding partnership with College Board, which administers the PSAT/NSMQT, Baltimore County Public Schools provides funding so that all students in grades 9 through 11 can take the PSAT/NSMQT at no charge to them or their families and that all Grade 11 students can take the SAT at no charge. The PSAT test prepares students for the SAT and provides BCPS educators with important assessments of student strengths and challenges.
 
Western Tech is extremely proud of Albert Ko's commitment to academic achievement. We wish him well as he competes for finalist ranking.