October 14, 2016

Local student commended by National Merit Scholarship program

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,


RPA student commended in 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced that one of its students has been commended in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Senior Boren Tsai has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented in the spring during the Academic Awards program.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Boren. “Without the support and investment of the RPA faculty and student body, none of this would have been a possibility. Although my high school years are quickly drawing to a close, I look forward to what the future holds.”

About 34,000 Commended Students across the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesman 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.”

“I couldn’t be happier for Boren, as he is the type of student who embodies our academy,” said RPA Humanities teacher George Hegarty. “Boren immerses himself in everything that he does; he’s a true intellectual who is interested in thinking about the world from unique and differing perspectives. To have him recognized for excellence, for me, is a reflection on what RPA is trying to accomplish for its students.”

About NMSC:
The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state. For more information about the competition, please visit nmsc’s website at www.nationalmerit.org.

About Redmond Proficiency Academy
The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a public charter school operating in the Redmond School District. In its eighth year of operation, RPA serves nearly 840 students in grades 6-12. Students come to RPA from throughout Central Oregon. Using a proficiency-based instructional model in a personalized school environment, RPA strives to prepare all students for success in college and life.

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