Oct. 10, 2019 -- PLANO, TX – Congratulations to the six Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2019 National Merit competition. Hyunseung (Sean) Lee, Donovan McManus, Anna Murray, Carson Ruley and Sarah Sign (not pictured) were National Merit Commended based on their results of the fall 2018 PSAT. Paloma Diaz-Minshew has been named a National Hispanic Scholar.
National Merit Commended students rank in the top 97 percentile of all students in Texas who took the 2018 PSAT. Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors from across the country compete each year in the National Merit Competition. College Board and Scholarship America selects just 5,000 Hispanic/Latino students from 400,000 to be named National Hispanic Scholars.
"We are proud of these bright students who excel academically and are involved in multiple activities as leaders on our campus. Each of them is able to articulate their biblical worldview in a marketplace full of opposing ideas and ideology," said Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of School, Prestonwood Christian Academy. "These students represent Prestonwood Christian Academy well, and they showcase how a student can shine at a liberal arts school where faith is not separated from learning, but rather integrated intentionally, resulting in a distinctive environment and community."
About the Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System
Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at five campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is celebrating its sixth school year with more than 220 students and is now enrolling through 10th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment in its virtual academy, and part-time students, and has been serving students for more than 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA's School System in 2017. The King's Academy in South Dallas opened its doors to PreK-4 through 1st Grade students on Aug. 19, 2019. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students' spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its spiritual development plan, and intentional biblical worldview training, is PCA's rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Prestonwood Christian Academy's class of 2019 was offered $16.5 million in scholarship for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts. Since the first graduating class of 2002, PCA graduates have been offered more than $126.7 million in scholarships and have matriculated to universities near and far.