Saint Joseph Academy proudly announces nine students in the Class of 2018 were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that senior Saint Joseph Academy Audrey Kunath is a Semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition, eight Saint Joseph Academy seniors were named National Merit Commended Students: Maria Alamir, Ingrid Cheung, Lily Gabriel, Kiera Reilly, Nell Simons, Emily Sonby, Claudia Stephens and Abbigail Votaw

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 2018 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 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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  • 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 Semifinalist: Audrey Kunath

Saint Joseph Academy proudly announces that Audrey Kunath '18 is a Semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Audrey Kunath competed with 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools nationwide who took the PSAT/NMSQT®, the initial screen for National Merit Semifinalists. With this honor, Audrey now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit® Scholarships worth about $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Audrey is actively involved in both academics and extracurricular activities at Saint Joseph Academy. She has already completed two Advanced Placement (AP) classes, taking three more this year. She also recently earned the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, the program’s highest recognition. Outside of the classroom, Audrey is a member of the Saint Joseph Academy cross country team, Shakespeare Club, Chess Club and is involved in the annual spring musical. She also volunteers her time through Youth Challenge and Fairview Hospital.
Grade School: Ruffing Montessori School

Extracurricular Activities:
Cross Country, Shakespeare Club, Chess Club, Spring Musical, Youth Challenge and Fairview Hospital Volunteer

Plans to Apply to:
University of Notre Dame, Miami University, Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago

Career Interests:
Medicine

Meet the 2018 National Merit Students

Maria Alamir

Grade School: Lee Burneson Middle School

Extracurricular Activities: Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Cancer Awareness Club, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and Teen Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations (SOYO)

Plans to Apply to: Undecided

Career Interests: Psychiatry, specifically pediatric psychiatry

Ingrid Cheung

Grade School: Metro Catholic School

Extracurricular Activities: Chinese Club, Environmental Concerns of Students (ECOS), Peer Tutor, Academy Ambassador, Healthcare Professional Affinity Community (HPAC), Yearbook Club, Chess Club, Cancer Awareness Club, Math Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, National Honor Society, Health Sciences Honors Program Leadership Council, LookUp To Cleveland participant, and Fairview Hospital and Cleveland Public Library Book Sales Volunteer

Plans to Apply to: Northwestern University, Duke University, Tufts University, Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, University of Michigan, John Hopkins University or Carnegie Mellon University

Career Interests: Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry

Lily Gabriel

Grade School: Urban Community School

Extracurricular Activities: Winterguard, Book Club, Math Club, Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Volunteer

Plans to Apply to: Cleveland State University, Cornell University, The Ohio State University and University of Findlay

Career Interests: Veterinary Science

Kiera Reilly

Grade School: Holy Trinity

Extracurricular Activities: Senior Leadership Team, Academy Ambassador - Executive Board, Health Sciences Honors Program, Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice (CSPJ) - Leadership Board, Friends with L’Arche, Indoor and Outdoor Track

Plans to Apply to: University of Notre Dame, University of Dayton, Xavier University, Loyola University Chicago and Boston College

Career Interests: Psychology or Neuroscience

Nell Simons

Grade School: Menlo Park Academy

Extracurricular Activities: Theater, Ski and Snowboard Club, Health Sciences Honors Program, Spanish Club, Therapeutic Riding Program and Fairview Hospital Volunteer

Plans to Apply to: Undecided

Career Interests: Undecided

Emily Sonby

Grade School: Our Lady of Angels

Extracurricular Activities: Colorguard at St. Edward High School

Plans to Apply to: Undecided

Career Interests: Neuroscience

Claudia Stephens

Grade School: Incarnate Word Academy

Extracurricular Activities: Soccer, Rugby, Orchestra and Model United Nations

Plans to Apply to: Oxford University, King's College of the University of London, Georgetown University, American University and University of Cincinnati

Career Interests: International Relations

Abbigail Votaw

Grade School: Lee Burneson Middle School

Extracurricular Activities: Chinese Club, Environmental Concern of Students (ECOS) and Jaguar Beat (newspaper)

Plans to Apply to: University of Michigan, University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, Denison University, Northwestern University, University of Pittsburgh and Loyola University Chicago

Career Interests: Law and Public Health