National Merit Semifinalists Shine In and Out of the Classroom

Update (2/14/17): Congratulations to Christian Hemsath, Noah Meyer, and Marcie Meyers for being named National Merit Finalists!

First Take: Stars in and out of the classroom – four Chaminade Julienne students are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists recently named in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Christian Hemsath, Noah Meyer, Marcie Meyers and Michael Zopff will continue on in the competition, vying for a share of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered in the spring of 2017.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool
of semifinalists – representing less than one percent of United States high school seniors – includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, providing information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance
to the finalist level.

While all of the CJ semifinalists excel in the classroom, they also do so outside the classroom and in the community.

Hemsath, whose has a passion for math, also composes music in his spare time and is a member of the Phoenix A Cappella group. Meyer plays soccer and has done extensive work with refugees – his related work has been displayed at the Dayton Peace Museum.

Meyers is an avid member of the crew team. Her Capstone project work has focused on child poverty and education a perfect fit with the volunteer work she does at the Glen at St. Joseph, a safe haven for women and children. Zopf, whose passion is computer programming, is an active member of the Special Ops Club and is also involved with his church, St. Luke’s.

CJ also had three students recognized this year as National Merit Commended – Lizzy Reutschle, Noah Mussin-Phillips and Cole Wagner.