Seniors Recognized as National Merit Scholars

Four students in the Class of 2019 were recognized with high honors by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Avery Meyer was named a national merit scholarship semi-finalist and James Blackshire, Gabe Campion and Joshua Kinnear were named commended students.

Meyer, of Kettering, shared that some of her favorite classes at CJ have been math, honors physics, AP Literature and FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today). She is also a member of the women’s lacrosse team, student council, National Honor Society, Eagle Ambassadors and is a service rep. She attended St. Albert the Great Elementary School.

When looking ahead to her major in college, Meyer said, “I am undecided right now, but I am interested in law, business, and global studies majors. I am interested in Belmont, UK, and UNC-Chapel Hill, and UVA for college.”

As a semi-finalist, Meyer will find out late in the school year if she was named a finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Blackshire, of Sugarcreek Township, shared that some of his favorite classes at CJ has been in science as well.

“Out of all the sciences I've had at CJ, classical physics is definitely one of the most intuitive subjects I've had,” Blackshire said. “I especially enjoyed learning through experimentation, and drawing conclusions about physical concepts through data.”

While at CJ, Blackshire has been a member of Eagle Pride and Quiz Bowl.

Blackshire, who attended St. Luke Elementary School, said when looking towards college, he is considering studying applied mathematics with an economics emphasis or the physical sciences. Universities he is considering include Ohio State, University of Dayton, Georgia Tech and Case Western Reserve.

Campion, of Kettering, shared that his favorite courses have also been science-related including biomedical classes, such as human body systems, and medical interventions. As a former student of St. Albert the Great, Campion said that he goes back to the elementary school frequently to volunteer with their youth ministry.

“At CJ I am an Eagle Ambassador, a student development chair, and members of the soccer and basketball teams,” Campion said.

Some of the universities Campion is considering include Duke, Vanderbilt, Ohio State and UC Davis; with hopes of studying biology.

Kinnear, of West Carrollton, also has a passion for the sciences noting that his favorite subject has been AP Chemistry. He attended Bishop Leibold Elementary School and while at CJ has been a member of the soccer team, student council, and FLIGHT.

When looking ahead to college, Kinnear said, “I am interested in civil engineering and am considering the University of Dayton, Ohio State, Purdue and Miami of Ohio.”

Posted September 24, 2018