Marist High School principal Larry Tucker recently announced that seniors Valerie Pavilonis and Jake Rahn were named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in Evanston, Ill. An additional eight seniors were named National Merit Commended Students.
Pavilonis has been active with Marist’s math and academic teams, book club, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and art club. She’s 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.
There are approximately 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists in the United States who emerge from a pool of nearly 1.6 million PSAT examinees. Semifinalists must 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 next spring.
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.
Nationally, there are approximately 34,000 Commended Students recognized for their outstanding academic promise.
Marist President Br. Hank Hammer (standing, center left) and Principal Larry Tucker ’79 congratulated seniors recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Seated are Jake Rahn and Valerie Pavilonis who were named National Merit Semifinalists. National Merit Commended Students include Emily Radz (second row from left), Martha Kowalski, Michelle Lenz, Elise Viz, Samanatha Reidy, Benjamin Rickey (third row from left), Jack Anderson, and Daniel Stanecki.