By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Despite the turmoil surrounding the Philadelphia school district’s budget crisis, one of its top high schools is celebrating.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Body Found Tied Up, Shot Inside Trunk Of Burning Car In Fox Chase
Thirty-three students at Masterman High School have received honors from the College Board, including six National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Senior Jamie Schwartz is among them.
“It’s just another honor to add to my résumé,” she tells KYW Newsradio, “and to kind of distinguish me from other people in the application process.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Remainder Of Fourth Of July Weekend Looks Great
Jamie’s mom, Staci, agrees: the honor will help Jamie compete for college.
“Right now she’s interested in Penn, Columbia, (Johns) Hopkins, and Drexel, for engineering,” Staci Schwartz noted.
And Jamie’s dad, Marc, says the accomplishments of Masterman students shows what other schools can achieve if they have the right support.
“If kids are really given the opportunity with the right teachers, with the right programs, they can really shine,” he said.MORE NEWS: Preparations Underway For The Salute To America Independence Day Parade In Philadelphia