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Goretti High students score well on SATs

January 10, 2011

Students at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown averaged a total of nearly 200 points higher than both the Maryland state average and the national average on the SATs in 2010.

Goretti students in the class of 2010 achieved an average SAT critical reading score of 548, mathematics score of 566 and writing score of 568, for a total average SAT score of 1,682.

Students in the class of 2011 achieved even higher scores, with an average SAT critical reading score of 573, mathematics score of 571 and writing score of 556, for a total average SAT score of 1,700.  

These are compared to the national averages of 501, 516 and 492 respectively, for a total score of 1,509. The Maryland state average SAT score for 2010 was 1,502.

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Advanced-placement test scores for 2010 also reflected the academic commitment of the students, with 74 percent of those who took at least one AP exam achieving a score of 3 or higher.  The national average is 60 percent.

Further recognition came to two Goretti students, Max Stockslager and Santhia Varatharajah, who were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists based on their scores on the PSAT taken in October 2009.  

Of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT nationwide each year, approximately 16,000 are named semifinalists and have the opportunity to apply for finalist status for the potential to earn a National Merit scholarship.  

St. Maria Goretti High School is the only high school in Washington County (public or private) that had a semifinalist in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a press release from the school.

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