Member Login

Newport Catholic, Notre Dame, Villa Students Receive National Merit Honors

Four Notre Dame Academy students have been named National Merit semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition.

NDA seniors, Abbie Guard, Paige Montfort, Claire Morgan, and Brooke Schulte, are among the 16,000 Semifinalists named in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Villa Madonna Academy High School/Junior High announced that senior Eileen Bunch of Fort Thomas is also a National Merit semifinalist.

These academically talented high school seniors now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered next spring.

To become finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program these young women must now submit scholarship applications that include information about their academic records, co-curricular activities, leadership abilities, honors, awards and employment.

"We are very proud of these NDA scholars and their selection as National Merit Semifinalists," said Mr. Jack VonHandorf, Principal of Notre Dame Academy. "They are to be commended for their commitment to academic excellence and diligence in the classroom. We congratulate these young women and their families as we celebrate this honor."

Newport Central Catholic senior Joel Gosser was named a "commended student" in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise, according to a news release. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.”

-Staff report

Photo: Newport Central Catholic High School