Portsmouth High School is pleased to announce that a senior student has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for his outstanding achievement on the Preliminary SAT test that was administered by the College Board in 2011 and his SAT scores from 2012.
Portsmouth senior Joseph Fiaschetti was named a National Merit Semi-Finalist and joins a group less than one-percent of the seniors in the United States and the highest scoring entrants from Rhode Island. He is now eligible to compete with the remaining 16,000 semi-finalists for a total scholarship fund totaling $36 million dollars annually. The National Merit Scholarship competition is based on a student’s academic record, school and community activities, and recommendations of teachers and principals.
Joseph is a member of the cross country team and competes for both the winter and spring track teams. He also represents Portsmouth High on the math team and as a member of the mock trial team.
“Recognition of high-achieving students is essential to advancing educational excellence in our nation,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “As demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program, Joseph represents some of the most academically talented students in our country. We sincerely hope this recognition will enhance his educational opportunities and encourage him in his pursuit of academic excellence.”