WEST GROVE, PA — Brayden Orpello-McCoy, a senior at Avon Grove High School (AGHS), has been recognized as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship program. Last year, approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the competition by taking the preliminary SAT, which served as an initial screening of program entrants.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Next spring, these academically-talented students will have the opportunity to compete for more than 7,400 National Merit Scholarships.
This is not the first time Orpello-McCoy has been recognized for his academic achievement. He received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, which is granted to students who score an average of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and who achieve a score of 3 or higher on five of those exams. He is also a part of the National Honor Society as well as the Tri-M National Music Honors Society.
In addition to his academic talents, Orpello-McCoy provides leadership to other students by serving as a freshman mentor and he is heavily involved in the arts at AGHS. He participates in the theater and choir programs and is also an anchor for the school’s news channel, AGtv.
Source: Avon Grove School District
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