Six Catholic Memorial Students are named “Semifinalists” in the
2015 National Merit Scholarship Program
(Evanston, Illinois) Today officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of six Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) seniors who were among the 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Evan Wetzel, Jonathan Reitz, Bryan Olson, Rachel Mlsna, Alyssa Lincoln, and Claire Polacheck (pictured below) are academically talented CMH seniors who now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
For CMH, these are the most semifinalists from one class in the last twenty years. CMH President, Father Paul Hartmann, said “In the time since CMH began implementation of its new Mission Statement, the Student Growth Plan, and Memorial Propel, motivated young people like these, in partnership with parents and school, exemplify the whole life success of a Catholic Memorial student”.
Left to right: Evan Wetzel, Jonathan Reitz, Bryan Olson, Rachel Mlsna, Alyssa Lincoln, and Claire Polacheck
At Catholic Memorial High School, we educate students as individuals, intellectually and spiritually. We guide students to work to their God-given potential. We prepare them for postsecondary education and to become leaders who serve the Church and world.
For more information about our school’s outstanding educational programming, such as Memorial Propel, PLTW, International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career Certificate Programs, Academic Resource Support and Student Growth Plan, please contact the school.