Donna Dunkum – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Mustang sophomores have the opportunity to take the PSAT and gain some national recognition.  Students who score in the top one percent have an opportunity to be a National Merit Scholar (NMS).

The NMS program is an economic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the NMS program by taking the PSAT.

LRHS gifted student coordinator Roxanne Hendren said, “It’s the state law that every sophomore student has to take the standardized test. Sophomores are free. Freshmen and juniors are welcome to take that standardized test, but there is a $20.00 fee.”

Hendren added, “The school district of Manatee County has chosen to use the PSAT/NMSQT for a college entrance exam that is used by most colleges and universities.”

Hendren said the benefits of PSAT/NMSQT include encouraging participation in Advanced Placement courses, supporting college and career planning, preparing students for the SAT, and providing scholarship opportunities when students participate in the 11th grade.

The PSAT will be at LRHS on Oct. 25.