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Covington Catholic Announces Seven National Merit Finalists

Covington Catholic has announced that seven seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Finalists in the 61st annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. This total of seven is the most of any high school (public or private) in Northern Kentucky.

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. Finalists, named from among these academically talented students, will advance one step further in the competition for some 7,400 scholarships worth more than $32 million, to be awarded in the spring of 2016.

Nationwide, 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 Finalists are:

Logan Boyle, son of Tim and Kathleen Boyle
Benjamin Darpel, son of Paul and Cheryl Darpel
Sean (Chris) Fagin, son of Sean and Laura Fagin
Adam Flynn, son of Kevin and Jackie Flynn
Mitchell MacKnight, son of David and Gretchen MacKnight
Peter Schaefer, son of Jack and Maria Schaefer
Lucas Timmerman, son of Jerry & Jennifer Timmerman

“Our administration and faculty, and the Covington Catholic community are extremely proud of these seven students on being named National Merit Finalists. 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 standardized test scores and educational accolades, but more importantly, we are proud of the well-rounded community leaders we produce," said Principal Robert Rowe.

- Staff report/Photo - Front Row L to R: Lucas Timmerman, Peter Schaefer, Mitchell MacKnight. Back Row L to R:  Adam Flynn, Sean (Chris) Fagin, Benjamin Darpel, and Logan Boyle.