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South High student Jenna Nichols recognized for PSAT scores

October 10, 2021

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Jenna Nichols has always been a good test taker. With multiple choice answers, she can narrow down the choices and then make her choice from there. But even a quiz whiz can be surprised a time or two.  

On Tuesday, Nichols was awarded a letter of commendation by the National Merit Scholarship program in recognition of her high PSAT score. 

“It’s rather shocking I guess. I didn’t expect it at all,” she said. “I’ve always been a good test taker, but I didn’t think I was that good.” 

Despite being one of the top PSAT scorers in the nation, Nichols was humble about her accomplishment, joking that a bit of the “imposter syndrome” was kicking in upon learning of the award. 

“To be honest, I don’t usually study for the SAT or PSAT. Most of it is a process of elimination,” she said.

Guidance Counselor Stephanie Erwin said Nichols is the only student at SGF who has received the honor this year. 

High School Principal Peter Mody, left, and Guidance Counselor Stephanie Erwin, right, present student Jenna Nichols with her certificate of recognition.

“It is a big accomplishment, and she deserves the recognition.  Jenna exhibits so much academic promise and that was demonstrated by her outstanding performance on the test,” Erwin said. 

According to the National Merit Scholarship, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship 

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” 

High School Principal Pete Mody lauded Jenna for what she brings to the school.  He said, “We are so proud of Jenna for her accomplishments.  She is a hard worker and a very bright and gifted student in so many different areas.  She also gives back to the community and is a tremendous artist.  She is a fantastic representation of our school.  My most hearty congratulations to Jenna and her family.”

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