Saint Joseph Academy is pleased to announce that senior student Gabrielle Kim is a Semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Gabrielle competed with 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools nationwide who took the PSAT/NMSQT® , the initial screen for National Merit Semifinalists. 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, Gabrielle now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit® Scholarships worth nearly $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Gabrielle is actively involved in both academics and extracurricular activities at Saint Joseph Academy. She has already completed six Advanced Placement (AP® ) classes, adding four more this year. Outside of the classroom, Gabrielle serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Saint Joseph Academy Yearbook, President of Science Olympiad, member of the Academy Ambassadors Executive Board, and Treasurer of the Math Club. She also volunteers her time through St. John Medical Center and is a Parish School of Religion teaching assistant for 3-to-6 year olds.

These activities and coursework allowed Gabrielle to deepen her knowledge of mathematics, laying the foundation for a successful future. “The combination of high expectations and encouraging support from the entire Saint Joseph Academy community has inspired me to always do my best work. The teachers I have had for my Honors and AP® classes, especially Honors Discrete Math and AP® Statistics, have helped me develop invaluable study skills and work ethic. Having these classes really opened me up to how much excitement math can bring and helped pushed me to consider Mathematics as a college major,” she shared. 

Congratulations, Gabrielle!

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Gabrielle Kim '20

Middle School: Lee Burneson Middle School    
Extracurricular Activities: Saint Joseph Academy Yearbook, President of Science Olympiad, Academy Ambassadors Executive Board, Treasurer of the Math Club, St. John Medical Center volunteer and Parish School of Religion teaching assistant 
Plans to Apply to: Undecided
Career Interests: 
Economics/Mathematics

National Merit Commended Scholar

Lauren Sherrard '20

Middle School: St. Mary Berea
Extracurriculars:
 Engineering & Design Honors Program, Construction Academy, Academy Ambassadors, Peer Mediation, the tutoring program at Douglas MacArthur Girls Leadership Academy, Kairos retreat leader and dance teaching assistant
Plans to Apply to: Undecided
Career Interests: Engineering

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar

Veronica Barranca

Middle School: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Extracurriculars:
 UNITY Club and Catholic Schools for Peace and
Justice, Spanish Club, and One-On-One Mentoring Program with Esperanza Inc.
Plans to Apply to: Undecided
Career Interests: Finance and Spanish

Previous Honorees

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  • 2020 National Merit Students

    National Merit Semifinalist
    • Gabrielle Kim '20
    National Merit Commended Scholar
    • Lauren Sherrard '20
    National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar
    • Veronica Barranca '20
  • 2019 National Merit Students

    National Merit Semifinalists
    • Julia Hontaruk-Levko '19
    • Julia Patterson '19
    • Elizabeth Poole '19
    • Mia Saurette '19
  • 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
  • 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