Often times, the fruits of one’s labor are not seen or felt until later on down the road. That was not the case for one St. Pius X student, however, when he took home a prestigious academic honor.
Panthers senior Nathan Skouby was recently named a commended student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, which was accompanied by a letter of Commendation from SPX and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
“We are so proud of Nathan and his great accomplishment,” St. Pius X Principal Diane Larsen said. “He is a shining example of how hard work and dedication truly pay off in the academic arena. I have no doubt that we will see great things from him in the future.”
About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are in the process of being recognized for their exceptional academic promise this year.
“The young men and women being named commended students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said an NMSC spokesperson. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their school plays 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.”
Further, sudents earning Commended status are those who wind up placing among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“It is truly an honor for me to be recognized by the College Board for my achievement on the PSAT,” Skouby said.
Skouby added that he believes the experience gained from that test played an integral part in his success on other college admission tests.
“Achieving highly early on was an excellent confidence booster for continued success. While the score I received was rewarding in itself, the official commendation by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a comforting reassurance,” he said.
For Head of School Carmen Armistead, the honor represents just another step in Skouby’s maturation – and is no small feat considering he is also of member of the school’s cross-country team.
“Nathan is a wonderful student and a true example of a Veritas Man,” she said. “We are so honored to have him here at SPX, and have enjoyed watching him grow in all aspects of his life.”