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Over 20 Students Earn Accolades in National Merit and College Board Recognition Programs


Over 20 Students Earn Accolades in National Merit and College Board Recognition Programs
Dylan Hollender

Saint Joseph High School is proud to announce that over 20 juniors and seniors have been awarded with academic accolades through the National Merit Scholarship and College Board Recognition programs, including one senior earning the elusive honor of being a National Merit Semifinalist. 

Aryan Jeena ‘24 was named a semifinalist in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program for his excellent scores in the PSAT/NMSQT testing process. He will have the opportunity to continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition in the spring.

Seven members of the Class of 2024 were named as Commended Students in the program: Varun Krishnan, Jason Magistre, Thomas Ogrodnik, Shlok Patel, Adrian Perdomo, Jake Stephen and Ryan Xavier.

Each academic year, over 1.5 million high school students participate in the PSAT/NMSQT exam. Of that number, approximately 50,000 students score well enough to qualify as a Commended Student or a Semifinalist. From there, roughly two thirds of the 50,000 are awarded the Commended recognition. 

Several students also received honors through the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program and the National African American Recognition Program. These students have completed rigorous academic requirements in their classes in addition to excelling on the PSAT/NMSQT. 

The following students have been named as College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars: Giovanni Oliveti ‘24, Nicholas Michelen ‘24, Michael-Tristan Almonte ‘24, Alejandro Tellez ‘25, Jeremy DeCaro ‘24, Lucas Estela ‘24, Brandon Trivino ‘25 and Mathew Robertson ‘25.

The following students earned the title of College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholar: Elikem Amenuvor ‘25, Cameron Moghaddas ‘24, Ta-Ji Umukoro ‘25, Owen Griffin ‘24, Oluwaniademi Ogundana ‘24 and Jalen Wilson ‘24.