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District Honors National Merit Scholarship Students With A Luncheon

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Bethel Park High School was pleased to be able to honor five seniors who have been recognized in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program and their parents with a luncheon held in the Large Group Instruction Room/Little Theater.

Honored at this year’s luncheon were Finalist Rachel McClaine and Commended Students Nathan Makowski, Megan McClary, Alexa Patrizio and Ryan Pfab.

National Merit Finalists represent the top 15,000 scorers on the PSAT which students took in their junior year. Commended Students were among the top 50,000 scorers on the PSAT.

As a Finalist, Rachel is not only a top scorer in the country on the PSAT, but she also had to demonstrate strong academic standing, high SAT scores and have her Principal’s recommendation to advance to this portion of the competition. She is now eligible to receive one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships to be awarded this spring.

At the Luncheon, the students were asked to name some of the things about Bethel Park High School that helped them to be successful. Nathan, who plans to major in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Spanish, credited the demonstrated work ethic and motivation he received from his teachers as examples for how to be successful.

Megan, who plans to attend the Physician’s Assistant Program at Duquesne University, credited her success to putting 100 percent effort into everything she did.

Alexa, who will study Marine Science and Biology at the University of Tampa next year, said that her experiences with the National Honor Society and the Golf Team, helped her to be successful.

Ryan will study Civil Engineering in college and he credits his participation on the Soccer Team with teaching him life lessons and his affiliation with Campus Life for providing him a support group of friends that have helped him to be successful.

Speaking at the Luncheon were BPHS Principal Dr. Zeb Jansante and BPSD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla. Providing the entertainment were members of the BPHS Orchestra.

Please click here to see some photos from this year's National Merit Scholarship Luncheon.