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7 Cov Cath Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Covington Catholic has announced that seven seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit® Scholarship Program.

“Our administration and faculty, and the Covington Catholic community are extremely proud of these seven students on being named National Merit Semifinalists. Every one of these young men are exceptional students with a diligent work ethic. Covington Catholic High School takes great pride in our academics as illustrated by our consistently high ACT scores and educational accolades, but more importantly, we are proud of the well-rounded community leaders we produce," said CCH Principal Robert Rowe.

Last spring, roughly 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2016 program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT Qualifying Test. Of those juniors, only 16,000, or about 1%, were named National Merit Semifinalists, based on their scores on this exam. These academically talented students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring of 2016. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

The seven CovCath seniors who have been named National Merit Semifinalists are:

Logan Boyle

Benjamin Darpel

Sean (Chris) Fagin

Adam Flynn

Mitchell MacKnight

Peter Schaefer

Lucas Timmerman

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