Saint Joseph Academy proudly announces that four senior Saint Joseph Academy students were named Finalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program: Julia Hontaruk-Levko, Julia Patterson, Elizabeth Poole and Mia Saurette.
Both NMSC honors continue Saint Joseph Academy’s long-standing tradition of academic excellence through the National Merit Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

With this honor, these young women now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit® Scholarships worth nearly $32 million that will be offered in the spring.

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 a Saint Joseph Academy 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!

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  • 2018 National Merit Students

    National Merit Finalist
    • Audrey Kunath '18 
    National Merit Commended Scholars
    • Maria Alamir '18
    • Ingrid Cheung '18
    • Lily Gabriel '18
    • Kiera Reilly '18
    • Nell Simons '18
    • Emily Sonby '18
    • Claudia Stephens '18
    • Abbigail Votaw '18

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  • 2017 National Merit Students

    National Merit Semifinalist 
    • Margaret Seikel '17
    National Merit Commended Scholars
    • Kaylyn Johnson '17
    • Greta Noeth '17
    • Marisa Petticord '17
    • Anna Renner '17
    • Victoria Smith '17
    • Brittney Ward '17
    • Margaret Weaver '17

National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Julia Hontaruk-Levko

Middle School: Incarnate Word Academy
Extracurricular Activities: Yale Young Global Scholars, Model United Nations (UN), Orchestra, Concert Band, Student Council Representative, Book Club, French Club, because I said I would Student Advisory Council, Joyce Ivy Foundation General Fellow, Junior Ukrainian Orthodox League, Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Youth Group, Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Zorya Ukrainian Female Vocal Ensemble
Plans to Apply to: Undecided
Career Interests: Law, Economics, Public Policy

Julia Patterson

Middle School: Westside Christian Academy
Extracurricular Activities: Varsity Swimming & Diving team, String Orchestra, National Honor Society, Health Sciences Honors Program and Sunday School volunteer teacher
Plans to Apply to: University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University
Career Interests: Nursing

Elizabeth Poole

Middle School: Westside Christian Academy
Extracurricular Activities: Varsity Golf and Lacrosse teams, Engineering & Design Honors Program, Labre Ministries, French Club, Art Club, Math Club, Food and Film Club, Parish Care Board, Liturgist and Sunday School volunteer
Plans to Apply to: University of Notre Dame, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Purdue University
Career Interests: Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics

Mia Saurette

Middle School: St. Bernadette School
Extracurricular Activities: 
Track & Field, Academy Ambassador, Concert Band, The Academy Chorale, Science Olympiad, Health Sciences Honors Program, National Honor Society, Fairview Hospital Volunteer and CYO Volleyball Coach volunteer
Plans to Apply to:
University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve University
Career Interests: Engineering, Mathematics, Science-related fields