Marist High School principal Larry Tucker '79 recently announced that seniors Valerie Pavilonis and Jake Rahn were elevated to National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in Evanston, Ill. The pair was first notified that they were Semifinalists in September 2017.
There are approximately 15,000 National Merit Finalists in the United States who emerge from a pool of nearly 1.6 million PSAT examinees. Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered this spring.
Pavilonis has been active with Marist’s math and academic teams, book club, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and art club. She has painted multiple murals at the school. She is considering Yale University, Northwestern University, and St. Louis University. She hopes to double major in physics and philosophy with a concentration in art.
Rahn is a member of the math and academic teams, the band, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and serves as a student ambassador. He is looking at the University of Illinois at Champaign, Purdue University and the University of Chicago for college next fall. He hopes to pursue a math-related field.
Additionally, Marist seniors Jack Anderson, Martha Kowalski, Michelle Lenz, Emily Radz, Samantha Reidy, Ben Rickey, Daniel Stanecki, and Elise Viz were named National Merit Commended Students.