Congratulations to at least four DeLaSalle seniors who have been recognized by the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Programs for the 2014-2015 school year. Mira Koster, Joe Moeller, and Cameron Swenson have been named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists. Danika Partridge has been named a National Achievement Scholar.
All four students are recognized for outstanding performance in the 2013 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), with the National Achievement Scholarship Program specifically recognizing African-American scholars. The four students earned test scores among the top one percent of more than 1.5 million students in the country taking the PSAT in 2013.
All of us at DeLaSalle can take pride that our school once again is among the leaders in Minnesota in producing National Merit scholars. Fewer than 20 percent of all Minnesota high schools have at least one semi-finalist in 2014. No Minnesota Catholic high school has more National Merit semi-finalists than DeLaSalle. Relative to total enrollment, the numbers are even more impressive. Among all Minnesota high schools with fewer than 1500 students, only two private, independent schools have more semi-finalists than De.
And there’s more good news to come. Based upon normal criteria, we anticipate that several additional DeLaSalle seniors soon will be recognized as a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship program, for having earned a PSAT score among the top five percent in the nation. Those students will be notified as soon as 2014 selection criteria has been confirmed.
DeLaSalle congratulates all of these scholars, their parents, and their grade school teachers, for the considerable effort that led to such outstanding performance.
Since 2004, 92 DeLaSalle students have earned recognition as a National Merit Semi-finalist or Commended Student, or as a National Achievement Scholar – and then continued their education in college. Several of these scholars have attended some of the most competitive colleges in the country, including Boston College, Brown, Carleton, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Hampshire, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Stanford, Southern California, Swarthmore, Vassar, Vanderbilt, Wellesley, Whitman, and Yale, to name but a few.