Northwest NEWS

May 29, 2000

Front Page

Aaron Grobman

Cedarcrest junior's ambitions are as high as his test scores

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   DUVALL--Aaron Grobman isn't sure yet which college he will attend after graduation next year, but he already knows where he wants to study after undergraduate school--at the best medical school in the country.

   "I want to go to the University of Washington," he said. "I would like to become a psychiatrist."

   The Cedarcrest junior shouldn't have any trouble achieving his goals. With a PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitute Test) score of 1500, he took his SAT a year early and achieved a 1480 score. A perfect score is 1600. The excellent PSAT score qualified him to be invited to participate in the 2001 National Merit Program's College Plans Reporting Service.

   To get that far, Aaron needed to test in the top 50,000 of over 1,000,000 students that took the PSAT test in the fall. School counselor Anthony Smith said students that qualify for the college reporting service are also in the consideration pool for the National Merit Scholar Program this coming fall.

   Smith said Aaron's Selection Index Score of 222 was the highest in school history. "Aaron has an excellent chance for the National Merit Semifinalists," he said. "His scores are outstanding."

   Smith said Aaron has also been accepted to participate in a leadership program in Washington, D.C. this summer. "The program has an emphasis in politics and the students get to meet the president, which is neat," he said.

   Aaron also likes to hike, is a member of the Cedarcrest Marching Band, where he plays trombone, and is involved with the community through the Boy Scouts.

   Aaron said the family has lived in Duvall for about seven years. Aaron did not attend Tolt Middle School, opting instead to study at Odle Middle School in Bellevue. "They have a special program called 'Prism,'" Aaron said. "That was good for me."

   Aaron said he likes Cedarcrest, especially the four-period day and the teachers. He has a younger sister, Megan, who is a sophomore at Cedarcrest, and a younger brother Sean, 9.