PAHS Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist

PAHS Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist
Posted on 11/12/2020
PAHS Senior Named National Merit SemifinalistPAHS Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist

Port Angeles, WA – PAHS Principal Jeff Clark recently announced that Port Angeles High School Senior Talia Anderson has been named a National Merit Semifinalist and a College Board National Recognition Program Scholar.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

National Recognition Program Scholars are those students who scored in the top 2.5% of PSAT/NMSQT test takers nationwide who identify as one or more of the following: African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area, or are from a small town.

When asked her thoughts about receiving the academic recognition, Talia shared, “First of all, it is a huge honor to be named a semifinalist. I have mixed feelings about standardized testing and the overly-competitive nature of college admissions, because truly, numbers don’t convey the whole picture.” Talia added, “However, the support from people around me, both prior to and after this recognition, has not gone unappreciated, and I am deeply grateful for these opportunities.”

Talia is currently splitting time between running start and distance learning at the high school. She spends a majority of her time doing extracurricular activities like theater. In fact, Talia is starring in the upcoming production of “The Neverending Story” and is really proud of the Drama Club’s amazing effort in putting on the full-length, live-streamed event.

Instructor Patric McInnis said of Talia, “She is the Vice President of the PAHS Thespian Society (ASB Drama Club) and is one of the most responsible and reliable students I have worked with, having a unique blend of creativity and attention to detail that is beyond her years.”

As far as next year, Talia is choosing to see it as exciting rather than terrifying. “Next year is a big mystery to me. The only thing I’m really sure of is that I like being creative, and I want to use my future to make art,” stated Talia.

Congratulations, Talia!

To see Talia and her fellow classmates in “The Neverending Story,” please visit https://portangeles.booktix.com/ for more information.

For more information:

Jennifer Sperline
Communications Coordinator
Port Angeles School District