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9 SUA Students Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

National Merit

Saint Ursula Academy is proud to announce nine students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for the 2021-2022 school year.  Four students earned semifinalist status.  
Bryn Connelly of Crestview Hills, Kentucky
Laura Fitzpatrick of Columbia Tusculum
Margaret Ragland of Hyde Park
Amanda Serger of Milford
Bryn, Laura, Margaret, and Amanda are among the 16,000 students of more than 1.5-million nationwide who entered the competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test last fall. The semifinalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors and include the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
Five students earned National Merit Commended status. That means they scored in the top 5% of U.S. high school seniors on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.
Gretchen Fesenmeier of Anderson Twp.
Olivia Jenkins of Union Twp.
Lauren Kuhlman of Milford
Grace Leuenberger of Hyde Park
Avery Somerville of Amelia
‘We are incredibly proud of these young women, whose commitment to their academics is evident by this accomplishment,” said Dr. Mari Thomas, Saint Ursula Academy principal. “What’s as important is to recognize that each one of these young women is also a caring, confident leader committed to living Saint Ursula’s mission to go out and build a better world. We can’t wait to see what these special women accomplish in the future!”

Laura Roman, SUA Director of Counseling, added “These honors are a direct reflection of SUA's ability to keep bright minds challenged and performing at their best."
The semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30-million that will be offered in the spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Bryn, Laura, Margaret, and Amanda must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of competition. Over 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.