3 recognized by National Merit Scholarship program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has rec­og­nized three Quakertown Community High School seniors in its pres­ti­gious pro­gram for 2021.

Michael Dennis is a semi­fi­nal­ist while Matt Catalano and Veronika Durr each received a Letter of Commendation. Each stu­dent is rec­og­nized  for their out­stand­ing per­for­mance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test in 2019. 

Michael is one of 16,000 semi­fi­nal­ists out of 1.5 mil­lion stu­dents who entered the pro­gram. His 1480 score on the PSAT, is achieved by few­er than one per­cent of today’s U.S. high school seniors. Matt scored 1,450 on the PSAT while Veronika scored a 1,430. The 50,000 high­est scor­ers — the top 3 per­cent — are being recognized. 

Michael has an oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­tin­ue in the com­pe­ti­tion for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 mil­lion that will be offered next spring. To be con­sid­ered for an award, Michael must ful­fill sev­er­al require­ments to advance to the final­ist lev­el. More than half of the final­ists will win a National Merit Scholarship.

I con­grat­u­late each of our stu­dents for their achieve­ments and deter­mi­na­tion,” Principal Mattias van’t Hoenderdaal said. “They are bright young peo­ple who chal­lenge them­selves with rig­or­ous course­work while stay­ing involved in the school com­mu­ni­ty. This recog­ni­tion is a well-deserved val­i­da­tion of their efforts.”

A mem­ber of the track team, where he throws the dis­cus and shot put, Michael is also a mem­ber of the National Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Math Club and Technology Student Association.

Michael has already tak­en eight Advanced Placement cours­es, and is sched­uled for four more this year: Calculus BC, Statistics, Government and English Literature. His AP grades have helped boost his GPA to 4.11.

Matt, a point guard on the bas­ket­ball team, and Veronika, a mem­ber of the Marching Band’s Color Guard, have tak­en advan­tage of the 32 Advanced Placement cours­es avail­able at the high school. Their sched­ules are loaded with five AP class­es each. Both are tak­ing U.S. Government and English Literature. Matt also includes Computer Science, Physics C and Statistics. Veronika has Biology, Calculus BC and Chemistry.

Besides their course load, Matt and Veronika are heav­i­ly involved in after-school activ­i­ties. Besides Marching Band, Veronika belongs to the Key Club and Math Club. Matt is pres­i­dent of the Key Club and National Honors Society and a mem­ber of Student Council.