Maranatha High School, a college preparatory Christian high school, congratulates three students for advancing to Finalist standing in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Maranatha seniors Nathaniel Hsieh, Michelle Hsu and Peter Orme (shown on the cover) are among an elite group of fewer than 16,000 high school students from across the nation, each having demonstrated through distinguished performance a high potential for future academic accomplishment.
While involvement in organizations such as National Honors Society and California Scholarship Federation has rounded out these three students’ academic pursuits, each is also involved in extracurricular endeavors. Michelle plays on the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team — currently headed for the playoffs — and is a member of the Art Club. Nathaniel is captain of the Swim Team, enjoys playing piano and public speaking, and leads worship during weekly chapels. He has also been honored as a Presidential Scholar by USC and a Regent Scholar by UCLA. Peter is a member of the Cross Country team, Key Club and Science Club, and is part of SHArK, an innovative research partnership between Maranatha and CalTech.
Peter, Nathaniel and Michelle recognize that a successful high school experience is more than just scoring 5’s on their Advanced Placement tests (which they’ve done). Rather, having opportunities to explore one’s talents and interests within a caring community of friends and educators makes the difference.
“Maranatha offers something for everyone and provides the perfect balance of strong academics and Christian faith,” Peter says.
Located on eleven picturesque acres in Pasadena (adjacent to Old Town), Maranatha offers a high school experience where individual talents are celebrated and nurtured, skills are prepared for a successful college experience and students are encouraged to grow in their faith.
Maranatha recognizes the need for students to develop as whole persons and offers opportunities in athletics, performing arts, international missions, community service and leadership training. The school’s athletic program boasts 44 teams in 18 sports and features a state-of-the-art athletic field, pool and gymnasium. Performing arts students showcase their drama, vocal and dance talents on stage at the renowned Ambassador Auditorium, one of the finest performing arts venues on the west coast. The sharpest minds are challenged with 29 AP and Honors courses from which to choose, and every student can find their niche in one of the 19 student clubs and organizations.
Ninety-nine percent of Maranatha graduates pursue a college education at a wide variety of 4-year colleges, including Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, USC, West Point, NYU, Seattle Pacific, Wheaton, Harvey Mudd and the UC schools, as well as top art and design schools.
Choosing a high school is an important decision, which is why Maranatha High School invites students and their families to “Discover the Maranatha Difference.”
Maranatha is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The campus is located at 169 S. Saint John Ave. in Pasadena. To learn more about Maranatha, call (626) 817-4021 or visit us on the web at http://visit.maranatha-hs.org. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying families.