Hannah-Pamplico Elementary Middle School named three junior scholars for the 2016-2017 school year.
James Murphy, Hannah Rowell and Mary Grace Mims were recognized at the Jan. 23 school board meeting as junior scholars.
This year the number of junior scholars tripled from last year.
According to Legrande Richardson, principal of Hannah-Pamplico Elementary Middle School, the number of junior scholars has tripled from last year.
In the past year, Primary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) was restructured changing the scoring of the exam and writing portion.
According to the South Carolina Department of Education, the PSAT helps identify students with high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability.
“It’s an honor for the school and the students, but in the background, it is also a tool for colleges and universities to recruit good students for their university,” Richardson said.
Mims said that her coursework allowed her to feel better when taking the exam.
“It took a long time, but it was interesting to learn what we are going to take in the future,” Mims said. “This is the stuff we are going to learn.”
The junior scholars said taking the PSAT gave them a chance to learn test taking skills.
For students to be named Junior Scholars, they must score a 550 or higher on the evidence-based reading and writing or a 530 or higher on the math portion of the PSAT.
In addition to being recognized by the school board, the junior scholars will be recognized at Francis Marion in April as well as during the school-wide award ceremony at the end of the school year.