The number of Center Grove students earning a national honor has doubled to the most students ever, and the school district wants to make the achievement a growing practice, not a one-time event.
For years, parents of Center Grove High School students have wanted to see the number of students qualifying the National Merit Scholarship program rise because they believed it was a sign of how well the school prepared students for college. They noted that other high-achieving high schools in central Indiana consistently had many more semifinalists and finalists than Center Grove.
Students qualify for the program by earning top score on the PSAT exam they take as juniors. To prepare students, Center Grove began encouraging teens to take more challenging, college-level courses earlier, Principal Matt Shockley said.
Last year, four Center Grove students qualified as semifinalists, but this year the number jumped to eight. That’s the most semifinalists Center Grove has ever had, Shockley said.