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David Prickett '23 earns national academic award

When it comes to academics, most people at Wilbraham & Monson Academy already know David Prickett ’23 is among the elite of the elite. Now the College Board knows, too.

David was one of 34,000 juniors in the country to earn a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program based on his performance on the PSAT. Roughly 1.4 million took exam, which serves as a practice test for the SAT.

“I wasn’t positive on how I did, but I knew I did my best,” David explained. “It was an honor to receive a Letter of Commendation from the College Board, and I definitely wasn’t expecting it. I’m usually a good test taker, but I hadn’t taken a test like the PSAT before.”

David, a highest honors student, took the PSAT at WMA on Oct. 13.

“David is an amazing student,” said Ms. Dana Housey, David’s AP Statistics teacher. “David is capable of analyzing complex and abstract statistics and providing clear and detailed explanations of his calculations. 

“The speed at which he processes and recalls information is astonishing. David also brings authentic energy and enthusiasm to the classroom. He loves to exercise his mind and pushes himself to learn all that he can. I love how excited David becomes when he passionately defends his position and backs up his solutions with statistical data.”


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