Frenship student honored for PSAT score

For the first time in recent history, a student at Frenship High School was named an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Devin Wehle, a senior, earned the distinction after taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in his junior year of high school. The Outstanding Participants are the top 3 percent of Black American high school students who have taken the test.

“I’m honored, needless to say. I guess I’m proud, too,” Devin said about receiving the honor.

Devin is involved in speech and debate, theater, National Honor Society and ceramics at FHS. Last spring, he was honored as one of the top 10 scholars in the junior class.

Outside of school, he used to take martial arts and fencing courses, and he said he hopes to take up one of those interests again when he is in college.

Devin said he is interested in studying neuroscience when he goes to college because he has a family member with Asperger’s. Eventually he wants to get a doctorate in neuroscience.

“I want to study things like autism and Alzheimer’s and other diseases like that,” Devin said.

As a student at FHS, Devin said his favorite classes have been speech and debate, anatomy, ceramics and pre-calculus.

Principal Kim Spicer said in her 19 years at FHS, she cannot remember another student earning the Outstanding Participant certificate for test scores on the PSAT.

“I think he’s our first ever,” she said. She said 160,000 black students took the test, and only the top 3 percent earned the certificate.

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