Christian Brothers Academy is proud to announce that 11 members of the Class of 2018 have been recognized in the National Merit Program with three of these seniors being named National Merit finalists.
Seniors James Clabby, Daniel Draganoff, and Peter Hegel were among 16,000 talented students nationwide to be recognized as National Merit finalists. The trio hopes to be among the 7,400 who will ultimately win Merit Scholarships nationwide. Announcements of Merit Scholar designees will begin in April.
Eight other seniors were also named Commended Scholars in the Program. Commended Scholars have scored in the top five percent of all students who took the PSAT’s nationwide, and only 34,000 of the 1.6 million students who enter the National Merit program are named Commended Scholars. The Commended Scholars from the Class of 2018 are William Acken, Aidan Broderick, Declan Cooper, Dominic Esposito, Thomas Greenwald, Michael Guarino, Issac Mercado, and John Sheridan.
“We are always so proud of the many academic achievements of our students, but there is something special about receiving recognition that our students are among the very best in the nation every year,” Associate Principal Sean Nunan said. “Congratulations to all 11 students for their dedication to excellence.”
The National Merit Scholarship program began in 1955 with the stated purpose of recognizing and honoring academically students in America. The program’s mission includes both promoting a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular and shining a spotlight on brilliant students to encourage their pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education.