Cape High juniors Talia Liburdi and Adam Meacci scored higher on the PSAT than most students in five states, earning the chance to participate in College Board National Recognition Programs.
Students took the PSAT in October, when Talia and Adam scored in the top 2.5 percent among high school juniors in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.
An accounting and computer pathway student, Talia said she is considering studying business and computer design or foreign languages in college.
She was recently elected vice president of leadership in Delaware’s chapter of the Distributed Education Clubs of America for the 2020-21 school year. In February, she won second place in her category in the state DECA competition, which helps prepare future business leaders and entrepreneurs for college and careers.
A member of the marching band color guard, she helps choreograph the flag routine for Cape High’s band performance in parades and football game halftime shows. She takes English and math Academic Challenge classes, as well as AP classes in computer science, environmental science and history.
Talia, of Lewes, performs community service through her membership in Cape High’s National Honor Society and Leo Club.
Adam is an audio, radio and video pathway student who enjoys filming and creating videos, and is interested in the business field. As a member of the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board, he works with other county students to award $10,000 in grants to local charities.
Adam, of Rehoboth, is a member of the Leo Club, National Honor Society and tennis team. He takes AP classes in English, physics, European history and calculus.
College Board National Recognition Programs grant students academic honors that can be included on college applications. Colleges use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups who have excelled on the test and in the classroom. Talia and Adam will receive their recognition in September.
Underrepresented groups include African-American or Hispanic students, as well as students who attend school in rural areas or small towns. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year to be eligible.