Nationally Recognized Scholars

Five students from the Class of 2023 and two students from the Class of 2024 have been named with honors through the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

National Merit Semifinalists

High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing 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 7,250 National Merit® Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.

Alicia Blouch '23

Middle School: Avon Middle School
Parish: Holy Trinity
Extracurricular Activities: Academic Jaguars Club, Asian Culture Club, Cross Country team, Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field team, GirlUp Club, Model United Nations, Newspaper Club: Jaguar Beat and Shelter Helpers Club
Plans to Apply to: Boston University and Northeastern University
Interested Major: STEM-related; most likely engineering

Emma McConnell ’23

Middle School: Holy Trinity School
Parish: Holy Trinity
Extracurricular Activities: Book Club, Health Sciences Honors Program, Jazz Band, Latin Club, National Honors Society, Writing Center and Yearbook Club
Plans to Apply to: Boston College, Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Miami University and The Ohio State University
Interested Major: History or Biology

Alexia Wenzel '23

Middle School: Menlo Park Academy
Parish: United Church of Christ
Extracurricular Activities: Academy Ambassador, Cross Country team, Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field team and Health Sciences Honors Program
Plans to Apply to: Case Western Reserve University, Duquesne University, The Ohio State University and University of Pittsburgh
Interested Major: Health Sciences

National Merit Commended Scholars

Each year, the National Merit® Scholarship Program recognizes Seniors whose qualifying 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PAST/NMSQ®) demonstrated exceptional academic promise. These Commended Scholars are among this year's 34,000 high performers based on a national scale with a Selection Index score of 207. Scores at or above this index but below the Semifinalist Selection Index are named Commended Scholars.

Kailey Aldrich '23

Middle School: Olmsted Falls Middle School
Parish: St. Mary of the Falls
Extracurricular Activities: Book Club, Crew, Health Science Honors Program (Co-President), Mock Trial (Coordinator), Newspaper Club: Jaguar Beat, Robotics Club and Writing Center tutor
Plans to Apply to: Purdue University, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan and University of Rochester
Interested Major: Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and interested in a minor in Biomedical Engineering

Theresa “Tacy” Kratt '23

Middle School: Our Lady of Angels
Parish: Our Lady of Angels
Extracurricular Activities: Cross Country team, Global Scholars Program, Health Sciences Honors Program, Newspaper Club: Jaguar Beat, Track & Field team and Yearbook Club
Plans to Apply to: Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame and Xavier University
Interested Major: Global Studies and Public Health

National Recognition Program Scholars

Each year the College Board National Recognition Program recognizes students who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP® Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. These students earn academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect them with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process and allowing them to apply for additional college scholarships.

National Hispanic Recognition Scholars

Alicia Blouch '23

Middle School: Avon Middle School
Parish: Holy Trinity
Extracurricular Activities: Academic Jaguars Club, Asian Culture Club, Cross Country team, Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field team, GirlUp Club, Model United Nations, Newspaper Club: Jaguar Beat and Shelter Helpers Club
Plans to Apply to: Boston University and Northeastern University
Interested Major: STEM-related; most likely engineering

Maria Tracy '24

Middle School: Rocky River Middle School
Parish: St. Angela Merici
Extracurricular Activities: Douglas MacArthur Tutoring, GirlUp Club, Global Scholars Program, Model United Nations and The Academy Chorale
Plans to Apply to: Undecided
Interested Major: Computer Science

National African American Recognition Scholar

Laurien Palmer '24

Middle School: Lee Burneson Middle School
Parish: St. Ladislas Parish
Extracurricular Activities: Entrepreneurship Club, Free to Smile Club, Lacrosse team, Health Sciences Honors Program, Yearbook Club and Show Choir
Plans to Apply to: Undecided
Interested Major: Chemistry or Economics