Sr. Bernard Agnes, I.H.M., principal of Marian Catholic High School in Hometown, is pleased to announced that 16 students in the senior class and three students in the junior class have scored 600 or above on the math, reading and writing sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). That averages out to 27 percent of the class of 2012.

The College Board states that the SAT measures literacy and writing skills that are needed for academic success in college. They state that the SAT assesses how well the test takers analyze and solve problems skills they learned in school that they will need in college. The SAT is typically taken by high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Specifically, the College Board states that use of the SAT in combination with high school grade point average (GPA) provides a better indicator of success in college than high school grades alone, as measured by college freshman GPA. Various studies conducted over the lifetime of the SAT show a statistically significant increase in correlation of high school grades and freshman grades when the SAT is factored in.

While the exact manner in which SAT scores will help to determine admission of a student at American institutions of higher learning is generally a matter decided by the individual institution, some foreign countries have made SAT scores a legal criterion in deciding whether holders of American high school diplomas will be admitted at their public universities.

Students who scored 600 or better on the Math portion of the test were: Emily Burger, Ryan Kanick, Miranda Milillo, Timothy Miller, Anthony Pilla, Michael Skotek, Shannon Skotek, Stephen Valente, Kimberly Wilson.

Students who scored 600 or better in Reading were: EmmaRose Boyle, Thomas Bruno, Emily Burger, Timothy Miller, Briana O'Donnell, Henry Piascik, Shannon Skotek Tyler Spencer, Stephen Valente.

Students who scored 600 or better in Writing were: EmmaRose Boyle, Emily Burger, Jacqueline Goulstone, Kaysi McLaughlin, Miranda Milillo, Timothy Miller, Briana O'Donnell, Anthony Pilla, Shannon Skotek, Stephen Valente, Kimberly Wilson.

Four students at Marian scored 600 or better in all three sections: Emily Burger, Timothy Miller, Shannon Skotek and Stephen Valente, who also achieved a perfect score of 800 in Writing.