Penn Hills Senior Micah Silverman has been named a finalist in the National Merit® Scholarship Program by the CollegeBoard.
In the fall, approximately 16,000 semi-finalists were chosen from across the country for the National Merit® Program. Of these students, approximately 15,000 attained finalist standing and will continue in the competition for some 7,500 Merit® Scholarship awards that will be offered this spring.
Winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. They are evaluated on a variety of factors, including academic record, the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the finalist's own essay.
Some of Micah’s activities while a student at Penn Hills include being captain of the cross country team this season, captain of the track and field team, and assistant captain for the Burrell varsity ice hockey club. In addition, he is captain of various academic teams, including Hometown High Q and the Pageturners reading competition. He is also a member of Key Club and National Honors Society.
“I feel proud to represent the good things happening in Penn Hills,” Micah said “There are many more great students, teachers, and organizations, and it seems like the news only reports on the negative aspects of our District. It's nice to be able to get recognition for some of the good for a change,” he added.
Micah plans on studying Environmental Science but has not yet decided on a college or university. He has been accepted to the honors programs at Ohio State, Indiana Bloomington, and Temple. He is still waiting on decisions from Northwestern, University of Chicago, Harvard, and Yale.
“Micah is an extraordinary student, who excels in a variety of activities. We are proud that he will be representing the Penn Hills School District at the national level,” Penn Hills High School Principal Eric Kostic said, adding, “We wish him well as he moves on to the next stage in the process.”
“I've been a student at Penn Hills since first grade,” Micah explained, “and I never once wished I were in another District. I'm proud to come from Penn Hills, and I think our District has a lot to be proud of, too. I'd also like to thank all my teachers, Mr. Joshua Willy especially, for guiding me to this point and always being available when I found myself in need of any assistance or advice.”
Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hines stated “the District has greatly appreciated the engagement we've had over the years with the Silverman family, and we are so proud of Micah's latest accomplishment.”