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Five Marian Seniors Earn National Recognition

National Merit Semifinalists at Marian Catholic are Adam King (Lansing), Conor Keane (Oak Forest), and Megan Murday (Frankfort). (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Marian Catholic seniors Conor Keane (Oak Forest), Adam King (Lansing) and Megan Murday (Frankfort) have earned Semifinalist status in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Semifinalists numbering 16,000 nationally now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33 million, that will be offered next spring. To become a Finalist, students must have an academic record of very high performance, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the students earlier qualifying test performance.

More than 1.4 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools entered the 2010 National Merit Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Seven Marian students also earned status as Commended Students (top 50,000 in the nation) in the National Merit Program, including Robert Bailey (Olympia Fields), Michael Basile (Chicago Heights), Caitlin Helsel (Park Forest), Michael Spear (Mokena), Madeline Tolish (Flossmoor), Kaitlyn VanTuyl (Lansing) and Joseph Wlos (Crete).

Zachary Best (South Holland) and Alexander Jackson (Dolton) earned recognition as Semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Competition. They rank among more than 1,600 high school seniors named Semifinalists in the 76th annual program, a competition for Black American High School Students.

Six Marian Catholic High School seniors are among 3,000 National Achievement Scholarship Program Commended Students for U.S. Colleges and Universities. Marian commended students include Kalila Harris (Hazel Crest), Paul Jenkins (Country Club Hills), Jamie Johnson (South Holland), Uzoma Nwabara (Olympia Fields), Aisosa Omorogbe (Lansing) and Daryl Pugh (Matteson).

More than 140,000 Black American students took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to enter the program. The 3,000 referred students are in the top five percent of students testing. The students will be referred to more than 1,500 colleges and universities.

Adam King also earned recognition as a National Hispanic Scholar, as his GPA of 3.5 or higher distinguished him in a group of nearly 5,000 recognized from a national pool of more than 200,000 students.


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Caption Natl Achievement Commended:  National Achievement Commended Students at Marian Catholic include Kalila Harris (Hazel Crest), Uzoma Nwabara (Olympia Fields), Daryl Pugh (Matteson), Paul Jenkins (Country Club Hills), and Aisosa Omorogbe (Lansing). Not pictured is Jamie Johnson (South Holland).

Caption Natl Achievement Semi:  National Achievement Semifinalists at Marian Catholic are Zachary Best (South Holland) and Alexander Jackson (Dolton).

Caption Natl Meri Commended:  National Merit Commended Students at Marian Catholic include Michael Basile (Chicago Heights), Robert Bailey (Olympia Fields), Madeline Tolish (Flossmoor), Joe Wlos (Crete), Kaitlyn VanTuyl (Lansing) and Michael Spear (Mokena). Not pictured is Caitlin Helsel (Park Forest).

Caption Natl Merit Semi: National Merit Semifinalists at Marian Catholic are Adam King (Lansing), Conor Keane (Oak Forest), and Megan Murday (Frankfort).


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