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Paterson student gets high marks in PSAT/NMSQT exam

By Jonathan Greene
Published: May 9, 2019

Nicole-Velecela

A city student’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) score is in the top 2.5-percent among Hispanic junior test-takers in the region.

Nicole Velecela, an 11th grader at the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at International High School, was notified of the feat by the College Board. She has been invited to participate in the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program which will boost her chances to get into a top-ranking college.

“We are all very proud of Nicole’s outstanding performance on the PSAT, which is indicative of the excellent student she has been in high school,” said superintendent Eileen Shafer. “This is a great milestone Nicole has achieved on her journey into college, and I want to recognize her hard work as well as the hard work of her parents, teachers and administrators who have been supporting her.”

7,000 Hispanic juniors in the U.S. are recognized through the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Colleges use the recognition to identify “academically exceptional” Latino students for admission.

“Nicole didn’t achieve scoring in the top 2.5 percent by accident. Her consistent study habits and solid work ethic helped make sure she went into the test well prepared,” Catherine Forfia-Dion, principal of the International Baccalaureate Program, said. “Nicole has the opportunity to have a great advantage when she applies to college, which will complement the rest of her transcript and draw college admissions counselors’ attention more closely to the fantastic student she is.”

Velecela has a 4.68 grade point average.


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