St. Joe senior Avery Calvert named National Merit semifinalist

SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021
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St. Joe senior Avery Calvert named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist


MADISON, Miss. (Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021) – St. Joseph Catholic School senior Avery Calvert has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and remains in the running for a National Merit Scholarship next year.

Calvert is one of about 16,000 semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program – each one of whom has an opportunity to continue competing for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million.

“We are so proud of Avery,” said Dr. Dena Kinsey, the St. Joseph Catholic School principal. “Avery has worked hard for this honor. I and the entire St. Joseph Catholic School community look forward to Avery’s continued academic success.”

St. Joseph Catholic School, founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy, offers seventh- through 12th-grade students a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church. The school recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.

“Colleges will be able to see that I’m a semifinalist,” Calvert said. “Hopefully, this is just a way for me to have a better chance of getting into the colleges that I really want to go to.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition that began 1955 and is administered by the private, non-profit National Merit Scholarship Corp. The program is expected to award about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million. 

High school students across the United States enter the National Merit Scholarship competition when they take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, usually in the fall semester of their junior year. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

National Merit Semifinalists are the highest scoring students in each state.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to the finalist standing by, among other things, meeting high academic standards and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

About 95 percent of the semifinalists are expected to be a finalist. And approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title.


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