2019-2020 National Merit
11 Sep 2019

Fifteen Catholic High Seniors Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Six Catholic High seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists and nine have received National Merit Commended honors in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Roughly 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools across the nation entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. CHS seniors qualifying as a Semifinalist are Nicholas Fanguy, Connor Finucane, Elliot Fontenot, Jefferson Koonce, Joshua Langlois and Stewart Roeling.

Nicholas Fanguy is the son of Marissa and Keith Fanguy, and attended St. George School. Connor Finucane is the son of Veronica and the late Frank Finucane, and attended Our Lady of Mercy School. Elliot Fontenot is the son of Myrtis and Dr. David Fontenot, and attended St. Aloysius School. Jefferson Koonce is the son of Edy and Jeff Koonce, and attended The Dunham School. Joshua Langlois is the son of Michelle and Jeff Langlois, and attended Most Blessed Sacrament School. Stewart Roeling is the son of Ann and Van Roeling, and attended St. George School.

The remaining two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT qualify for National Merit Commended honors. The nine CHS seniors to receive National Merit Commended honors are Cade Acosta, Joseph Alexander, Daniel Barfield, Roberto Carreras, Gregory Juge II, Ned Mayeaux Jr., Macullen Mire, Tucker Poret and Andrew Whitehead.

Cade Acosta is the son of Kristen and Jeremy Acosta, and attended St. Theresa Middle School in Gonzales. Joseph Alexander is the son of Marie Carmody and Stephen Alexander, and attended St. Thomas More School. Daniel Barfield is the son of Nan and Tim Barfield, and attended Our Lady of Mercy School. Roberto Carreras is the son of Lilia and Eduardo Carreras, and attended St. Aloysius School. Gregory Juge II is the son of Kelly and Gregory Juge, and attended Most Blessed Sacrament School. Ned Mayeaux is the son of Lisa and Paul Mayeaux, and attended St. Aloysius School. Macullen Mire is the son of Dawn and Jeff Mire, and attended St. Aloysius School. Tucker Poret is the son of Laura and Brad Poret, and attended St. George School. Andrew Whitehead is the son of Kate and Russell Whitehead, and attended St. Andrew The Apostle School in New Orleans.