National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Announced

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist 2023

Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) announced the names of the Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. This year JPII had one student that has been selected as a semifinalist based on their PSAT/NMSQT scores from their Junior year. That semifinalist is St. John Paul II Catholic High School student Catherine Hare. JPII is extremely proud of her.

Catherine Hare is a senior at JPII. She is President of the House of the Holy Cross, Co-Captain of the TARC (The American Rocketry Challenge) Team, Vice President of Spanish Club, Varsity Basketball, a member of Mu Alpha Theta (National High School Mathematics Honor Society), part of the Aerospace Mentorship Program, and National Honor Society. She was selected to represent our school in June 2022 for the Alabama Governor's School. Catherine also plays the banjo.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year. In early September, about 16,000 students, are notified by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®) that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest-scoring entrants in each state.