Nov 6, 2008 — Three students at Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (YUHSG) performed extremely well on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests (PSAT/NMSQT), receiving letters of commendation in recognition of their academic promise. The commended students are seniors Dina Hershkovitz of Kew Garden Hills, NY; Ayelet Parness of New Rochelle, NY; and Hilana Smith of West Hempstead, NY.

“These students represent the caliber of young women educated here,” said Mrs. Rochelle Brand, head of school at YUHSG. “I am proud of their accomplishments, their character and their integrity.”

The letters are given annually to students with the highest PSAT/ NMSQT selection index scores (critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills scores) qualifying them for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the approximately 1.5 million entrants, about 34,000 receive letters of commendation.

“We have been preparing for the SAT once a week since our freshmen and sophomore years,” said Ms. Parness. “In junior year, we took part in a course designed specifically to tutor students for merit scholarships on the PSAT. Our professors and instructors have been wonderful in teaching us the skills needed to take the exams.”

“YUHSG has helped me grow both academically and socially,” said Ms. Hershkovitz. “I believe that the student body and faculty are what truly make a good school and YUHSG exceeds in both arenas.”