Classical Magnet Student Named as Commended Student for National Merit Scholarship

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE October 2015

Classical Magnet Student Named as Commended Student for National Merit Scholarship

Visiting author Jack Gantos (who happened to be at Classical Magnet on the day we interviewd TJ!,)  Principal Zandralynn Gordon, and TJ Sullivan.
 
Classical Magnet senior, Timothy Joseph Sullivan, known as T.J., was named as a commended student for the National Merit Scholarship.  T.J. explains that in order to qualify, one must be in the top 5% of high-scorers on the PSAT, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  He learned of his achievement one morning at school when prinicpal Zandralynn Gordon announced it over the loudspeaker system at school!
 
According to T.J., 34,000 students nation-wide receive the honor, and the top 500 scorers receive scholarhsip funds.  T.J. is applying to Yale, Amherst, Stanford, Vassar, and Brown universities.  He would like to say thank you to everyone at Classical, his friends, the Classical community and his mom and dad.
 
"The Classical curriculum and liberal arts education did a great job of preparing me for the PSAT.  I was in really good shape for the test."
 
When asked if he has a message for his younger compatriots at Classical he says, "I'll to try quote Michelangelo here; the greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
 
Aiming high, TJ is also a City-wide Student Senator, had an apprenticeship with Neighborhood Studios Eye on Video, and had his film screened in New York City.
 
Congratulations, T.J.

 

 

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