ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov.
-- Eight Albany High School
seniors have been recognized this fall in the annual National Merit
Scholarship and National Achievement Scholarship programs, ranking
them among the top students nationally.
Kolel Pryor has been recognized as a semifinalist in the
National Achievement Scholarship
program, ranking him among the top 1,600 -- or top 1 percent -- of
160,000 students participating in the program to recognize
outstanding African-American high school students. Students were
selected based on their high achievement on the 2010 Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Pryor will learn in late January if he
has been selected as one of approximately 1,300 national finalists.
Pryor is the first Albany High student to qualify as a National
Achievement Scholarship semifinalist since Selina Ullrich in 2008.
His twin brother, Jarell, has been recognized as an Outstanding
Participant in the National
Achievement Scholarship program, ranking him among the top 3,100
students, or top 2 percent.
The Pryors are pictured at right in their photo from the
2010-11 City School District of Albany calendar -- that's Kolel in
Six Albany High students
have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship Commended
Students. They are among 34,000 students nationally to achieve that
distinction, ranking them in the top 2 percent out of 1.5 million
Seamus Daniels, Molly Davis, Grant
Dias-Carlson, Christopher Hogan, Maya Kovach and David O'Connor.
The Commended Students are
"We are proud to recognize
each of these eight students for their high academic achievement and
their commitment to academic excellence," said Superintendent
Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D. "They are examples once again of how well
Albany High School's finest students measure up against their peers
from across America."