Congratulations to the nine Tempe Preparatory Academy seniors who have earned prestigious national recognition for their impressive PSAT scores. Among the class of 50 seniors, eight Tempe Prep students were recognized by the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, a competition presented by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) that honors the top 3% of students nationally based on fall PSAT scores. Three students earned the Semifinalist status and five were named Commended Students. Additionally, two students were named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. All of these distinctions are based on the students’ 2014 PSAT scores.

Tiffanie Cappello Lee, Dominique Hughes, and Christopher Moffitt are among 16,000 Semifinalists identified out of 1.5 million students across the nation who entered the competition when they took their PSATs. Representing less than 1% of the nation’s high school graduating seniors, these Semifinalists now have the prospect of being selected as Finalists later this year and receiving impressive scholarship awards.

Quinn Collins, Enrique Favora, Rachel Neglia, Marisa Putrasahan, and Katherine Riffle are among approximately 34,000 students nationwide who were distinguished as Commended Students and have received certificates acknowledging academic promise.

The National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino students based on their PSAT scores. Enrique Favaro and Celeste Muniz have been recognized as National Hispanic Scholars, among the top 2% of Hispanic/Latin high school juniors based on their PSAT scores. These students will also be eligible for many outstanding college scholarship opportunities based on their hard work and dedication.

Dr. Wayne Porter, Headmaster of Tempe Preparatory Academy, says, “Not only are we proud of each of our National Merit scholars for their exceptional academic accomplishments, they have also demonstrated outstanding character as leaders on campus and in their wide array of extracurricular activities, including speech and debate, music, athletics, robotics, and service in the greater community.”

Tempe Prep is a free, open enrollment public charter school for students in grades 6 through 12 that offers a rigorous liberal arts education with small class sizes and a curriculum based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. Tempe Prep has recently been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the Valley (and second highest in the state) among all open enrollment public schools.

More information is available at www.tempeprep.org.

Photo cutline (from left): Tempe Prep seniors and National Merit Scholars Marisa Putrasahan, Katherine Riffle, Rachel Neglia, Dominique Hughes, Quinn Collins, Celeste Muniz, Christopher Moffitt, Tiffanie Cappello Lee, and Enrique Favaro.

(September 2015)