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A Jesuit College Preparatory Experience

Announcing Loyola’s Eleven National Merit Semifinalists

In September, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation named eleven Loyola Academy students National Merit semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $31 million that will be awarded in the spring.
The Loyola community congratulates the following eleven seniors from the Class of 2020:
Leo J. Brett
Kevin F. Considine
Robert P. Hess
James D. Manzer
Jonathan D. Merchan
Sophie I. Molins
John P. Nugent
Claire C. O’Shaughnessy
Jenna T. Rekoske
Martin D. Susanto
Marie C. Tagliavia
Biographies of the individual semifinalists are forthcoming; stay tuned!

In addition, Loyola is proud to recognize the following sixteen National Merit Commended students:
  • Michael A. Bednarek
  • Juliana E. Brun
  • Sarah C. Carpenter
  • Grace A. Couture
  • Derek Damasco
  • Ryan P. Dettling
  • Katherine C. Hjorth
  • Wonjae Kim
  • Homer J. Livingston
  • Daniel J. O'Flaherty
  • Jayna C. Park
  • Emilia S. Rosinski
  • Tyler S. Rueth
  • Ella M. Smyth
  • Noah J. Zahn
  • Luke Zitella

Our Mission

To form women and men for meaningful lives of leadership and service in imitation of Jesus Christ through a college preparatory education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Loyola Academy admits students of any race, color and national origin or ethnic origin.