Bensalem High School senior Hevti Patel was recognized for her academic achievement during Thursday’s school board meeting.
Patel was named a “Commended Student” in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Only 34,000 students are recognized as commended students of all those who take the PSAT exam.
That places Patel in the top 5 percent for scores of all students who took the PSATs, according to Bensalem Superintendent Sam Lee.
“That is incredible,” Lee said. “She represents the very best of our Bensalem High School Owls.”
A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, was presented to Patel by Bensalem High School Principal William Ferrara. The school board also gave her a certificate of recognition.
Patel has been an honor roll student throughout high school. She is president of the school’s community service club and Rotary club. She is a member of the National Honor Society, science olympiads, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, mock trial team, student government association, class of 2017 activities committee and multicultural club.
She also serves as the Student School Board member, requiring her to regularly attend board meetings — Lee called her his “board colleague,” during the certificate presentation.
In her free time, Patel volunteers with the American Red Cross, watches movies, spends time with her family and runs.
Board member Marc Cohen congratulated Patel and thanked her for helping sell tickets and coordinating aspects of the school’s pancake breakfast on Nov. 12 at Applebee’s on Street Road to raise funds for 175 Thanksgiving baskets for Bensalem families.
“Last year, the community service club logged over 1,100 hours of service,” Cohen said. “They’ll probably surpass that this year, and Hevti is a big part of that.”
Patel plans to attend college and major in biology to go into the field of medicine.