Three Tempe Prep Seniors named QuestBridge Scholarship Finalists

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Congratulations to three outstanding Tempe Prep seniors (also Tempe residents) who have been named QuestBridge National Match Finalists for 4-year college scholarships: Emma Moriarty, Rachel Dinh, and Olek Piechaczek.

QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links high-achieving students with educational and scholar-ship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities.

Eligible students apply for the program and after their applications are reviewed, a select group of finalists are chosen. These finalists then have their applications reviewed by schools that partner with QuestBridge and those schools ultimately decide which students to admit and provide scholarships to those students. Thirty-nine of the country’s top-ranked universities partner with QuestBridge, including Stanford, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Tufts, Notre Dame, and USC.

Each Tempe Prep finalists was selected for their exceptional academic and extracurricular successes. Emma is an Academic All-American for Speech & Debate, qualified and competed in the Speech & Debate National Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, is a National Merit Commended Scholar and Teen Court President, and has been a hospital volunteer for 4 years with Dignity Health. Giving credit to Tempe Prep teachers for her love of learning, Emma remarks, “The teachers at Tempe Prep are so passionate about making sure the students know and comprehend our class material. I haven’t had one teacher who didn’t go above and beyond to try to make me succeed.”

Rachel is editor of the school newspaper and yearbook, a national Merit Commended Scholar, has competed in Speech & Debate, is President of the French Club and Treasurer of Tempe Prep’s National Honor Society, and received the U.S. Congressional Silver Award for her extensive volunteering at Hospice of the Valley and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. Rachel is incredibly appreciative of her Tempe Prep education and notes, “I’ve never met teachers who are so supportive of your personal goals and will not hesitate to go out of their way to help you understand your classwork.”

Captain of Tempe Prep’s All-Knights Robotics team, Olek led the team to 2nd Place in the State this season, has volunteered for several years with Teens in the Garden at Desert Botanical Gardens, and sings, travels and volunteers with the Phoenix Boys Chorus.

Tempe Prep has had several QuestBridge Scholars over the past four years that have received 4-year full-tuition or full-ride (including tuition, room and board) college scholarships, including one to Amherst College in Massachusetts, one to Northwestern University in Illinois, one to Colorado College, and two to Tufts University in Boston.

Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016). For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org.

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