Four Judge seniors named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Four Judge Memorial Catholic High School students are among the 15,000 students nationwide to be named to the prestigious status of 2014-2015 National Merit Scholarship Finalists in the 20 annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationally, only one percent of students who apply for this award are named Finalists.

Collectively, Ian, Erin, Christopher, and Saylor are involved in the plethora of academic, activity, and athletic opportunities available at Judge. Among them, they are members of National Honor Society, Debate, Mock Trial, State Math Team, English Quest, literary magazine, Poetry Out Loud school semifinalists, swimming, and girls’ volleyball. Their list of Academic Excellence Awards is impressive and includes French, German, and mathematics. Their volunteer work has included service at Madeleine Choir School, St. Ambrose Parish, J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center, McGills School, Brighton Ski team, Bad Dog Arts, Courage Reins, Utah Food Bank, The King’s English bookstore, Amigos de las Americas, International Special Olympics, and an internship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

To become a National Merit Finalist, students must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying performance.

This recognition places these four Judge Memorial students in the upper echelon of high school students across the country. All winners of Merit Scholarship awards will be chosen from the finalist group, based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. will notify about 8,000 finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. These awards are of three types: National Merit scholarships, which are awarded without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans; corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards; and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, please visit http://www.nationalmerit.org/.