Rams on the Rise, October
Rams on Rise
These Rams have been named Commended Students
Seniors Molly Brakewood and Peter Manos took the Preliminary SAT last year. Both were a bit nervous on the day of the exam.
“I wanted to do well,” Molly said.
“For me, it was a little nerve-wracking,” Peter said. “The SAT is something you always hear about.”
Peter had taken some practice tests and enrolled in an after-school prep class. He said he felt confident he would do well.
The students discovered there was no need to be nervous. This fall, both Molly and Peter were named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. They received a letter of commendation from Port Chester High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corp. They are among 34,000 students in the country to have been named a Commended Student and placed among the top 500,000 SAT scorers in the nation. There were more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2018 competition and took the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
“This acknowledgement is well deserved,” said Molly’s guidance counselor Vanessa Clay-Williams. “Molly is a true scholar, a talented athlete and musician, and most notably an active leader in the Port Chester school community.”
Accolades for Peter were just as complimentary.
“Peter has an inquisitive nature, which fosters his love for learning,” said Marta Sandoval, Peter’s guidance counselor. “ His quest to learn and embrace new subjects has made him a well-rounded student. This Letter of Commendation recognizes his academic promise.
Academics have always been a focus for the two students. Molly is working to earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma and Peter has spent his time at PCHS enrolled in a number of AP and IB classes.
Outside of the classroom, Molly is a member of the PCHS girls swim team and competes on the track team during the winter and spring seasons. She plays the trumpet and is president of the PCHS marching band. She was also recently selected as President of the National Honor Society.
Peter is just as busy. He runs cross country, is a section leader in PCHS marching band, also playing the trumpet. He is the prop manager in this fall’s play “1984.”
“I really learned a lot and had some good teachers,” Peter said of his time at PCHS.
“It’s been really fun,” added Molly. “High school offers such great opportunities, like the IB program.
The two seniors have recently begun to wade into the college application process and have been diligently working on their essays. Molly is interested in studying biomedical engineering. Peter said he will focus on a liberal arts education while in college.