National Merit Semifinalists

Marist_National_Merit_Semifinalists_2019Marist High School Principal Larry Tucker recently announced that seniors Connor McNamara, Jack Molenhouse, Zack Stack, Nicole Viz, and Dan Winstead were named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in Evanston, Ill. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Four more seniors were recognized at National Merit Commended Students

McNamara is a member of the school’s math, National Honor Society (NHS), and Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS). He serves as captain of the boys’ tennis team as well. A graduate of St. Michael, he hopes to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and major in computer science.

Molenhouse is a member of the math team and president of the NHS. He is the captain of the school’s hockey team. After Marist, he plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and become an aerospace engineer. Molenhouse, who graduated from Mt. Greenwood Elementary School, attained a score of 36 on the ACT in April.

Stack is a member of the math and academic teams, along with the school’s investment club. He is a member of NHS and the vice-president of SNHS. A graduate of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, he is interested in Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania. He plans to major in economics and applied math.

Viz is a math team member and a performer with the school’s theater program. She is also active in NHS and SNHS. A graduate of Saints Cyril and Methodius, she hopes to attend Cornell University of Carnegie Mellon University and pursue a career in engineering.

Winstead is a member of the math and academic teams. He also played soccer for Marist for three years. He is a member of NHS. He is considering Purdue University and UIUC and plans to major in engineering. He is a graduate of St. Cajetan.

Approximately 1.6 million entrants are screened each year by the National Merit Scholarship Program after taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). There are approximately 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists in the U.S. and they 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 Brianna Brown, Adam Hermann, Kyle Kohn, and Kenneth Polit were named National Merit Commended Students. Nationally, there are approximately 34,000 Commended Students recognized for their outstanding academic promise. 

Zack Stack (from left), Dan Winstead, Nicole Viz, Jack Molenhouse, and Connor McNamara