December 19, 2014
MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy junior Nathan Davis of Mason scored a perfect 240 on the PSAT test. According to SAT expert, tutor and author Lynn Scully, only about 100 students of the approximately 3.5 million who take the test each year achieve a perfect score. Davis had taken the exam as a sophomore as well.
“Nathan brings to his classes a hunger for learning, taking every opportunity to gain understanding, and leading others to a deeper appreciation of each field of study,” said Mars Hill Rhetoric teacher Dr. Christopher Jero, who has taught Davis Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Bible.
Davis has also achieved the highest scores on both the National Latin Exam (earning a score of 5) and the National Greek Exam (earning a blue ribbon).
Matthew Beatty, MHA Rhetoric School Principal, notes that Davis has the ability to work toward his goals with an incredible sense of focus. “When Nathan sets his mind toward a goal, he works toward it with incredible persistence and single-mindedness.”
Davis’s advice for students taking the test reflects this sense of attentiveness to the task at hand.
“Once you learn the study techniques and take your practice tests, you’re ready,” Davis said. “When you go to take the test, it’s important to tune everything else out and just focus on the test.”
In addition to his studies and a part-time job, Davis is an avid reader, enjoys playing soccer and hockey, and sings in the Mars Hill Rhetoric School choir.
The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test administered by the College Board. One-hundred percent of MHA juniors taking the PSAT this year scored above the national average, and 47% scored above the 90th percentile.
Photo: MHA junior Nathan Davis