Fier honored for Preliminary SAT score
When Reid Fier was called into the school counselor's office last week, he had no idea what the reason was.
"I was wondering if I did something wrong," the Minneota senior said.
It turned out to be something he did right.
Fier placed among the top 50,000 scorers out of over 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship awards competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
A Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program was recently sent to the school. Angela Lauer, the Minneota school counselor then gave Fier the good news.
"Honestly, I had no idea I would get that when I took the test last October," he said. "I didn't think anything about it, really. I just took the test because I thought it would be good practice for when I take the SAT's."
Fier, a 4.0 student who is currently tied for first in his class at Minneota, is a member of the Knowledge Bowl and Robotics teams. The Robotics team qualified for the national competition last year, but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Merit Scholarship Program's Commended Students throughout the nation were recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”
"We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
Fier said the Letter of Commendation will be used to help him get into college. He recently applied to Minnesota State University, Mankato where he would like to major in Mathematics.