Pine Lake Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Mooresville, N.C.—Pine Lake Preparatory senior, Rebekah Costello, has been named a Finalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The Cornelius resident is a daughter of Joe and Joanne Costello, and is among the top 1 percent of PSAT test scorers.
She plans to study Chemical Engineering in college, a departure from an earlier plan to be an author. “We thought she would go into the Humanities or Arts,” said Joanne, “but after she took AP Chemistry with Mr. (Jeff) Walker, she decided it would be chemistry.”
Rebekah is involved with Science Olympiad at the high school level, and as a mentor for the Pine Lake Middle School team. She also volunteers to work with lower school students, and is a peer tutor for Chemistry and Math 3. She is two belts away from a black belt in karate, and has studied the oboe and saxophone. Rebekah is a member of National Honor Society, in addition to Honor Societies for Spanish, Music, and Mathematics.
She also has a keen interest in writing and participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) initiative, and wrote 50,000 words towards a science fiction novel in one month.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn sat® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Of the 16,000 students selected to be a Semifinalist, about 90% attain Finalist designations.