Students Receive Commended Status from National Merit Scholarship Program
Kriegel, 16, and Avery Landin, 16, both of Brownsville, found out about their
recognition earlier this week from Dr. Wilma Smetter, MSA Principal. The
students are the first from the seven-year-old Mathematics and Science Academy
to receive recognition from the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Kriegel and
Landin are now eligible for special college scholarships sponsored by
businesses and corporations locally and nationally.
Max and Avery are caring, academically talented students,” said Smetter. “At
the Mathematics and Science Academy, they represent the best and brightest of
our community. We are excited for the many opportunities that most certainly
will come to them due to this national recognition.”
and Landin join about 34,000 students nationally receiving Commended status.
The students are among 50,000 high scorers nationally on the fall 2012
administering of the PSAT. More than 1.5 million students nationally took the
test in fall 2012. Each state sets its own minimum PSAT score to determine
Commended and Semifinalist students.
Avery Landin, (left) and Max Kriegel, (right), both juniors at Mathematics and Science Academy at UTB, are the first students in the academy’s history to be among the 50,000 highest scorers on the PSAT in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
am excited to receive such recognition and enjoy the increased college
opportunities provided by it,” said Kriegel. “I am striving to get into Belmont
University in Tennessee. But I also understand the importance of scholarships
and staying close to family.”
has taken the SAT since seventh grade.
took it three times before I went to MSA,” he said. “That preparation is
probably a reason I got a high score (on the PSAT).”
said attending the academy was an interesting opportunity.
was eye opening,” he said. “It pushes you to work harder. It’s helpful to have
students that care as much as you do about success.”
felt little pressure taking the PSAT. This is because students seeking
admission to the academy must take the SAT in their sophomore year of high
had the opportunity to shadow members of the academy’s Class of 2012 before
gaining admission. She said she enjoys the discipline needed to complete
coursework and study.
love it here at MSA,” she said. “The people I’ve met here are amazing, my
classes are great and I’ve grown so much as a person thanks to this place.”
is undecided about which university she will attend but she wants to one day
become a nurse practitioner.
and Landin have known each other since kindergarten and were often home
schooled together. Before attending the academy, Landin attended First Baptist
School and Kriegel was at Coram Deo Classical Academy, both in Brownsville.
more information on the Mathematics and Science Academy contact Principal Wilma
Smetter at 956-882-5727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.