15 Sep 2021

Five CHS Seniors named Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Competition

BATON ROUGE, LA – September 15, 2021 – Catholic High School administrators are proud to announce that five CHS seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for 2022. On Wednesday, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced CHS seniors Jonathan Beale, Shaan Jindal, Alexander Landreneau, Benjamin Papizan, and Jackson Robb, were selected to compete for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million. CHS Principal Lisa Harvey says the CHS family is incredibly proud of these students for such a tremendous scholastic accomplishment.

“We are always honored to recognize the achievements of our students, and today, we acknowledge the academic ability of these young men, as well as the many hours of schoolwork and preparation that allowed them to be recognized at this level,” Harvey says. “What an outstanding accomplishment for such hard-working young men.”

To be considered as a National Merit Finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed application including information about their academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors, and awards. Semifinalists must also be endorsed by a school official, write an essay, and have outstanding grades throughout high school. National Merit Finalists for the Class of 2022 will be named in the spring.

About 95 percent of the 16,000 semifinalists from across the nation are expected to reach finalist standing, with half going on to win a National Merit Scholarship, which would earn the recipient the Merit Scholar® title.

Students are identified as follows (from left): Alexander Landreneau, Benjamin Papizan, Shaan Jindal, Jackson Robb, and Jonathan Beale.

We would also like to commend the following students who will receive recognition in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program: Jack Appleton, Matthew Bohan, William Boneno, Ethan Cave, Benjamin Eagleton, Lucas Gawrecki, Benjamin Herman, Brady Keller, Alexander Lauve, Christopher Mengis, and Parker Nyboer.