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The Best at the Test: PSAT/NMSQT Awarded Students


About 3.5 million students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) each year. Recent reporting by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation indicates that four Gilmour seniors performed exceptionally well on this test. The PSAT is different from the SAT, a test administered by the College Board used by most colleges and universities for admissions decisions.

Annamarie Martin (’19)

Annamarie Martin (‘19) is one of only 16,000 students in the country to be recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist in acknowledgement of her outstanding academic promise based on her scores on the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT.

Additionally, James Berner (‘19), Elizabeth Espenschied (‘19), and Gabriel Gainar (‘19), placed among the top 34,000 scorers to receive Letters of Commendation for their notable performances. Martin is in the top 1.25% of students who took the PSAT/NMSQT, and Berner, Espenscheid, and Gainar are in the top 4.25%.

James Berner (’19)
Gabe Gainar (’19)


Elizabeth Espenscheid (’19)

This test acts as a simulation of other standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. Espenscheid said it is important to take the PSAT/NMSQT because “it not only prepares students for the actual SAT or ACT, but it prepares them for graduate school exams such as the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).”

Many students take pride in this accomplishment because it proves to colleges that they are students of high academic caliber. It also opens up scholarship opportunities for students to help ease the cost of college tuition.  

Martin plans to use her acquired test taking skills to assist her in her future plans of studying mechanical engineering. She said, “It shows that you are a productive worker in a pressured situation. These skills can be applied to my work as an engineering student as I will have to be able to work well in unexpected circumstances.”

Students can take advantage of obtaining practice materials for next year’s PSAT/NMSQT on College Board’s official website.

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Marissa is a senior at Gilmour Academy from Rocky River, Ohio. She has a growing passion for journalism, specifically broadcast journalism, which is shown through her writing and reporting. She has gained broadcast experience through her internship at Fox 8 News over the course of three summers during high school, as well as various days throughout her school years. Marissa is interested in majoring in journalism and minoring in business when she attends college in the fall of 2019. She is also a five-time National competitor in figure skating in the discipline of Solo Ice Dance. Skills she has acquired from skating such as stage presence, dedication, organization, and perseverance will be extremely helpful in achieving her dream of pursuing broadcast journalism. Whether she is working as a producer behind the scenes or an anchor on camera, Marissa is always ready to explore deeper into the world of journalism.