Saint Joseph Academy proudly announces eight students in the Class of 2017 were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that Saint Joseph Academy senior Margaret Seikel is a Semifinalist in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, seven Saint Joseph Academy seniors were named National Merit Commended Students: Kaylyn Johnson, Greta Noeth, Marisa Petticord, Anna Renner, Victoria Smith, Brittney Ward and Margaret Weaver. 

Both NMSC honors continue Saint Joseph Academy’s long-standing tradition of academic excellence through the National Merit Program. Commended Students are among the top five percent of the 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT®. National Merit Semifinalists are among the top one percent.

The students’ academic and extracurricular activity achievements are a testament to their determination, as well as the support of their families and teachers. In addition to their hard work in the classroom, these young women exemplify the Character of an SJA graduate as they strive to "serve the dear neighbor" through their countless hours of community service. Congratulations to these young ladies for receiving these selective honors!

Meet the National Merit Students

Margaret "Maggie" Seikel

Grade School: St. Christopher School

Extracurricular Activities: School Ambassador, Retreat Leader, Model United Nations, Balloon Artist Club, Playhouse Square STARS volunteer, lifeguard and swim lesson instructor 

Plans to Apply to: University of Chicago, George Washington University, Georgetown University, The Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University

Career Interests: Law or International Policy

Kaylyn Johnson

Grade School: Columbia Middle School

Extracurricular Activities: Math Club President, Model United Nations, National Honor Society Secretary/Treasurer, Health Sciences Honors Program Purple Pathway, Cross Country Captain, Track and Field, Indoor Track and Southwest General Hospital volunteer

Plans to Apply to: Undecided 

Career Interests: Medical, specifically neuroscience 

Greta Noeth

Grade School: Incarnate Word Academy

Extracurricular Activities: Crew, Chess Club, Robotics Team, Math Club, Academic Jaguars, Orchestra, National Honor Society, Student Council and Best Buy Geek Squad Intern (2014)

Plans to Apply to: Undecided 

Career Interests: Electrical and Mechanical engineering, with a possible minor in Computer Science and/or Entrepreneurship

Marisa Petticord

Grade School: Brookside Middle School

Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Key Club, Book Club, Jazz Band, St. Edward High School Marching Band and St. Edward High School Theater (The Edwardian Players)

Plans to Apply to: University of Chicago, Vassar College and Wesleyan University

Career Interests: Behavioral Neuroscience

Anna "Liz" Renner

Grade School: St. Albert the Great School

Extracurricular Activities: SJA Robotics Club, Book Club, Chess Club, Cross Country, St. Edward High School Robotics Club and Girl Scouts

Plans to Apply to: Undecided 

Career Interests: Engineering

Victoria "Tori" Smith

Grade School: Academy of St. Bartholomew

Extracurricular Activities: Mock Trial Team Captain, Student Council Board Member, National Honor Society, Playhouse Square STARS volunteer usher and swim lesson instructor

Plans to Apply to: Undecided 

Career Interests: Law and Political Science

Brittney Ward

Grade School: St. Paul Lutheran School

Extracurricular Activities: Latin Club, Key Club, Sister-to-Sister Club, Crew and Douglas MacArthur School (CMSD) tutor

Plans to Apply to: Boston College, Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University

Career Interests: Medical or Research Science

Margaret "Maggie" Weaver

Grade School: St. Raphael School

Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Model United Nations, CARE Club, SJA Peer Tutor, Westlake Library tutor, St. Edward High School Stage Crew and St. Raphael High School Youth Ministry 

Plans to Apply to:  American University, Brown University, University of Dayton, Georgetown University, Loyola University-Chicago, Miami University and University of Notre Dame

Career Interests: International Relations or Business