|Highlands senior and Bluebirds varsity soccer player Maria Broering earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam.|
By Robin Gee
Maria Broering, who just finished a great season on the Highlands Bluebirds varsity soccer team, demonstrated academic achievement as well. At the November meeting of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools Board, she was honored for earning a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam.
Broering is also a National Merit Scholar Semi-finalist. Her name was included at earlier fall board meetings for her honors, but Superintendent Karen Cheser said it was difficult to get Broering to the meetings to congratulate her personally due to her demanding soccer schedule.
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About 1.6 million juniors from 21,000 high schools enter the national scholarship program each year by taking a qualifying test known as the PSAT. As a National Merit Scholar Semi-finalist, Broering was selected one of only 16,000 students to earn the designation.
About 15,000 of the semifinalists will advance to the finalist level. Finalists will be announced in early February and a little over half will be named winners and will receive a $2,500 Merit Scholarship or a scholarship sponsored by a private company or a college. More than 1,000 additional special scholarships will be awarded to finalists who were not named winners.
Broering plans to attend Ball State University where she will continue her soccer career. She plans to major in Dietetics.
Cheser asked her to share her advice to many younger Fort Thomas students who were at the council meeting.
Said Broering, "Do your best in school, do all your assignments, make sure get your homework done in time and definitely pay attention in class because you will have a lot of great teachers as you move through the Fort Thomas Independent School system, both middle school and high school. They have a lot of great things to teach you if you are willing to learn."
The board congratulated Broering and presented her with a certificate and Fort Thomas t-shirt.