St. Ursula Academy is proud to announce that senior Zoey Tan of Holland has earned semi-finalist honors from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for her performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Her score places her in the top 16,000 students in the nation and offers her scholarship opportunities for higher education.
Tan enrolled in SUA’s Junior Academy in sixth grade. She is the daughter of Amelia Soh and James Tan.
Tan prepared for the PSAT by working with a small group of students led by an SUA teacher. “Our teacher walked us through what our thought process should look like when presented with certain types of questions. This kind of preparation helped me a lot on the reading and language sections. I also used practice tests to review topics that I wasn't as confident in or hadn't touched in a while, such as probability and geometry.”
Tan is currently interested in schools such as Yale, Stanford, University of Michigan, and Case Western Reserve University, where she plans to major in biochemistry. “Earning National Merit status not only gives me scholarship opportunities, but also helps me stand out when applying to colleges.”
At SUA, Tan has been involved in many activities. “I have been part of the school's robotics club since my freshman year. I am also the treasurer of the National Honor Society and a school ambassador.” Outside of school, she works as a martial arts instructor.
“SUA has provided me with courses that challenged me to work hard, so I feel like I'm ready to face anything college throws at me. My teachers have all guided me through my high school education and prepared me for the future.”