MPHS student ranks among top 5 percent on PSAT |

MPHS student ranks among top 5 percent on PSAT

Ryndi Zastrow, a straight A student and athlete at Middle Park High School, didn’t realize how well she did after taking the Preliminary SAT.

But she knows now. She recently received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program for outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2007.

“I was surprised when I got this because I didn’t feel that confident after the test,” said Zastrow, daughter of Kent and Holly Zastrow of Granby. “Math was probably harder because I never feel as confident in math as I do in my other subjects.”

Zastro, 17, didn’t study for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, a standardized test high school students take for admission into college.

She is among 34,000 students across the nation recognized by the state. With them, she is placed among the top 5 percent (or 50,000) of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2009 competition when they took the 2007 PSAT/NMSQT.

“As a lifelong student of the East Grand School District, Ryndi, her parents, and the teachers of East Grand School District should be proud of her accomplishment,” said Middle Park High Principal Jane Harmon. “This honor is a rare achievement, and we congratulate Ryndi on her success. Undoubtedly, she will be well prepared as she moves on to college next year.

“Spending only a few moments with Ryndi, one sees immediately that she is not only an intelligent, but that she is also an energetic and motivated young lady with a bright future.”

The 4.0 student scored a 208 on the test. Her advice to other students taking the test is to “be confident in yourself and you might surprise yourself.”

Zastrow’s dream is to attend the University of Denver and study foreign languages.

She also represents Middle Park on the soccer, cross-country and Nordic ski teams.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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