32 Students from Nine Archdiocesan High Schools are Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Tuesday, October 17th

32 STUDENTS FROM NINE ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS ARE
RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP CORPORATION
25 Students are Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program; and 7 Students are Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

 The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Catholic Education is proud to announce that 32 seniors from nine of its high schools in the five-county region have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

These individuals have been named as Commended Students or Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).

The 25 Commended Students will receive a Letter of Commendation from their individual high school and the NMSC, which conducts the program. The letter will be presented by the local high school principal to each of the seniors being recognized in this category.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Seven students are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. These exceptional students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in spring 2018.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalists along with their high school must submit a scholarship application detailing the individual students’ academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.   Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s previous performance on their qualifying test.

The individual students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation are:

Archbishop John Carroll High School, Radnor (Delaware County)
Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Jonathan Gould
Jacob George
Julianna Wallgren

Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Julia Lundeen
Suzanne Carpenter
Christopher Anderson

Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster (Bucks County)
Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Shannon Dyke 

Bishop Shanahan High School, Downingtown (Chester County)
Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Shannon Cody

Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Simon Blanchard
Katelyn Bradley
Brian Gallagher
John Glasser
Daniel Gorman
John Kennedy
Wyatt Muller
Dominique Ocampo
Vishal Ramola

Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield (Delaware County)
Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Travis Gaskill

Father Judge High School for Boys, Northeast Philadelphia
Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Christopher Blank

Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Thomas Quarry

Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, Northeast Philadelphia
Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Ryan Doherty
Briana McClain

Lansdale Catholic High School, Lansdale (Montgomery County)
Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Mark Heggan
Edward McQuillen

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, Philadelphia
Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Caroline Curtiss

Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford (Montgomery County)
Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Andrew Tufillaro

Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Sydney Bucher
Kerrin Dunlap
Michael Granito
Susannah McHugh
Michael Pirrall
Monica Rapchinski

For detailed background information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, please visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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Editor’s Note: For information about Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.aopcatholicschools.org/.  For more information on Faith in the Future, please visit faithinthefuture.com/.