Being a part of the National Merit Scholarship Program is one of the highest honors a student can receive.
The candidates are selected based off of their PSAT scores, and approximately five percent of students nationwide receive the Commended Student title, and less than one percent receive Semifinalist.
On Oct. 18, Marian announced that seniors Katie Williams and Isabelle Swanson received National Merit Semifinalist honors, and senior Lily Foley and former student Ione Enderez (who currently attends Cebu Doctor’s University in Mandaue, Philippines) received Commended Student status.
During their time at Marian, these girls have worked incredibly hard to prepare themselves to reach these national titles.
In order to receive Finalist titles, students have to go through another series of hoops. Those who qualify will be notified in early February.
Favorite studying snack: Greek yogurt
Favorite class taken at Marian: Government
College major (pending): Biology
Favorite methods of studying: Reading and highlighting the text book
Dream college: Stanford University
Extracurricular activities: Cross country, Track, Band, Science Club, Campus Ministry
Favorite studying snack: Jumbo chocolate chip muffins
Favorite class taken at Marian: Spanish IV, English Language and Composition
College major (pending): Data Analytics
Favorite methods of studying: Quizlet, studying in 25 minute blocks
Dream colleges: MIT, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M
Extracurricular activities: Newspaper, Engineering Club, Marian Academic Competition Club
Favorite studying snack: Puppy chow
Favorite class taken at Marian: Calculus BC, Chemistry
College major (pending): Bio-medical Engineering
Favorite methods of studying: Reading and re-reading the text
Dream colleges: Notre Dame, UNL
Extracurricular activities: Tennis, Trap, Campus Ministry, Engineering Club
photo courtesy of Ione Enderez
Favorite studying snack: Skinny Pop, the occasional Snickers bar
Favorite class taken at Marian: Sociology
College major: Nursing with a pre-medical track
Favorite methods of studying: Reading the text once before going back and highlighting/taking notes
Dream college: Cebu Doctor’s University
Extracurricular activities: Fall musical, Worship Choir, French Club, Recruitment Team