How do you spell confusing schedule? P-S-A-T

For the first time, on October 14, Lampeter-Strasburg High School hosted the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) during the school day. In the past, it had hosted the test on a Saturday, but this year the College Board, which administers the test, allowed for sittings to occur only during the school day.
Students taking the PSAT wait in the registration line outside the cafeteria.
The PSAT is widely considered preparation for the SAT; it also serves as the preliminary qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship program. Based on test results from the PSAT, students are selected as Semifinalists and Commended Students in the prestigious scholarship program. Based on last year's exam, Benjamin Pontz was named a semifinalist for the 2016 program, and Justin Burkett and Beth DiBiase were named commended students.

The PSAT cost participants $14 to take, and those test takers reported directly to the cafeteria in order to take the exam. Over 200 students participated, a significantly higher number than in past years' Saturday administrations. Guidance counselor Mr. Ed Krasnai was the test coordinator.

Because the test occurred during the school day, it necessitated changes to the schedule, most notably Response to Instructional Intervention (RTII) occurring to start the day, which allowed seniors who are not involved in the music program to come into school late. The other notable change to the schedule involved the combination of all students into three lunches, rather than four, necessitating additional tables in the cafeteria.

--Benjamin Pontz, Editor-In-Chief

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