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7% of senior class recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

In addition to the three seniors announced on Sept. 15 as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) program, six are being recognized as Commended Students: Emma Clemons, Andrew Collette, Bobby Fechtel, Emily Fridley, Zach Geiser, and Joe Walters.

These students represent 7% of our senior class. “That’s an impressive number of students to be recognized by the National Merit program,” Principal David Mueller said. “At McNicholas, we strive to help each student discover his or her God-given brilliance; we are so proud of these scholars whose hard work has allowed their talents to shine.”

NMSC identifies and honors academically talented U.S. high school students and encourages them to pursue rigorous college studies. “We are grateful for the hard work of these students and of their teachers and mentors who have guided them along the way. We congratulate them and their parents on this tremendous honor,” Mr. Mueller added.

National Merit Semifinalists

Ethan Koran: McNicholas Band Member, Volleyball Athlete, Peer Mentor, Eagle Scout, St. Joseph Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist.

Erin McManus: Thespian, McNicholas Band Member, Martial Arts Instructor, St. Joseph Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist.

Jason Munzel: Thespian, Cross Country and Track Athlete, Leader of Hands Across Campus Diversity and Inclusion Club, St. Joseph Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist. 


National Merit Commended Students

Emma Clemons: Artist, Golf Athlete, Girl Scout, Student Ambassador, Officer of National Honor Society, St. Joseph Scholar, National Merit Commended Student.

Andrew Collette: Volleyball Athlete, Academic Team Member, Leader of St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference, National Merit Commended Student.

Bobby Fechtel: Cross Country and Track Athlete, Student Ambassador, Camp Counselor, St. Joseph Scholar, National Merit Commended Student.

Emily Fridley: Lead Theatre Sound Technician, Bowling Athlete, Officer of National Honor Society, State Science Fair Award Winner, St. Joseph Scholar, National Merit Commended Student.

Zach Geiser: Thespian, Soccer Athlete, CREW Captain, AP Scholar with Distinction, St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry Volunteer, St. Joseph Scholar, National Merit Commended Student.

Joe Walters: Football Athlete, Track & Field Athlete, AP Scholar with Honor, Student Ambassador, St. Joseph Scholar, National Merit Commended Student.