Carl Hayden Senior Jackson Gray has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Student

Posted by Communications at 10/12/2016

Carl Hayden senior Jackson Gray has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Student. This academic award is based on results from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

National Merit semifinalists qualify by being among the highest-scoring entrants in each state in the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT.   The 16,000 semifinalists this year represent less than one percent of the 1.5 million juniors from over 22,000 high schools who take the PSAT. National Merit Finalists are highly coveted as prospective students to every college and university in the country. 

National Merit Scholarship Commended students represent about 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT, and receive letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended students represent about the top three percent of the 1.5 million juniors from over 22,000 high schools who take the PSAT. 

Gray has a 4.6 GPA and ranked 6th in his senior class. His rigorous academic curriculum includes every Advanced Placement and Honors classes that have been available to him. He took the most advanced AP Calculus AB class as a junior, and is enrolled at Phoenix College to take AP Calculus BC. Gray is in the Computer Magnet program where he took the most advanced AP Computer class as a sophomore. He has been a member of the   Carl Hayden Robotics team for four years, in which he has served as a programmer. He says he is equally interested in the electrical and mechanical aspects of robotics, as well.   He has also volunteered to mentor youth interested in computers and robotics.

Gray is considering Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MIT, ASU Barrett Honors College, USC and Washington for college. He is considering majoring in electrical engineering, “with some level of computer engineering.” 

“I really do live and breathe engineering. I spend a lot of my own time reading, watching and learning about electrical, mechanical or computer systems.” 

He would like to have a career in engineering, and possibly work in a start-up company.