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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Prestonwood Christian Academy class of 2016 has 8 seniors who placed in this year’s National Merit competition.

National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top 1% of all students in Texas who took the 2015 PSAT.  Approximately 1.5 million high school juniors from across the country compete each year in the National Merit Competition.

Josh Anil was named a 2016 National Merit Semifinalist and Abbie Chavez was named a National Hispanic Scholar. Ryan Chow, Haley Kell, Hannah Mathes, Madeline Sappington, Chris Sculley and Jonathan Walsh were National Merit Commended.

“We are proud of these fine, intelligent students who not only excel academically, but are also able to articulate their biblical worldview in a marketplace full of opposing ideas and ideology,” said Dr. Larry Taylor, Head of School, Prestonwood Christian Academy. “These 8 students represent what PCA strives to be: a liberal arts school where faith is not separated from learning, but rather integrated intentionally, resulting in a distinctive environment and community.”

PCA is celebrating its 20th school year serving more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities and a rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. In addition to PCA’s spiritual development plan, the school promotes. The graduating class of 2016 was offered more than $15 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning.

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