Keystone Oaks School District News Article

Five KOHS students recognized by College Board for academic achievement

We are #KOProud to share that five Keystone Oaks High School students have been recognized by the College Board for academic achievement.

Junior Jayla Hill is one of 72,000 students from across the country who has earned an academic honor from one of the College Board's National Recognition Programs. She has been recognized with a National African American Recognition Award, which honors the strong academic achievements of underrepresented students. To qualify, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, score in the top 10% of students who take the PSAT in their state, and score a three or higher on two ore more AP exams. 

At Keystone Oaks, Jayla is an active member of the Pep Club, Spanish Club, Math Club, Student Senate and National Honor Society. She also dances for the Kulture Dance Academy. 

Seniors Caleb Anderson, Sam Koehler, Allison Leung, and Sarah Oreto have been named commended students by the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are four of nearly 34,000 high scorers nationwide to receive  Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise based on their performance on the 2022 PSAT exam and plans to attend college after high school.

These four students are actively involved in several clubs and activities, both at Keystone Oaks High School and in their communities. 

Caleb is the Drum Major in the Golden Eagles Marching Band. He also participates in Jazz Band, Math Club, and National Honor Society. 

Sam is a member of the Golden Eagles varsity soccer team. He is an Eagle Scout and he also plays the guitar. 

Alison is the woodwind section leader for the Golden Eagle Marching Band, the lighting manager for Stage Crew, and the vice president of Science Club. She is also a member of Math Club and Girls Who Code. 

Sarah is a member of the Golden Eagles Marching Band, Spanish Club, and Environmental Club. She also serves on the Dormont Public Library's Teen Council.

The National Merit program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test – a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools each year – and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

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