Jesuit High School has 43 National Merit semifinalists _lowres

Photo provided by Jesuit High SchoolÑThe National Merit Semifinalists in the Jesuit High School Class of 2016 are, front row from left, Cade M. Arbour, Maurice A. Carr, Aubrey A. Champlin, Benjamin C. Creel, Anton J. Derbes, Reid A. Detillier and Andrew D. Dyer. In the second row are Nicholas P. Fresneda, Phillip A. Gerarve, Benjamin M. Gillen, Charles E. Glass, Alex M. Gomez and Reginald T. Jackson. In the third row are John R. James, Cameron F. Kaupp, Tristan C. Killgore, Kenneth E. Krizan, Joshua S. Lacoste and Adam C. Ledet. In the fourth row are Spencer G. Lemoine, Connor J. Maheu, Mayank Mardia, Mason T. Mayfield, Cameron P. McCall and Chance M. Melancon. In the fifth row are Matthew J. Miceli, John A. Mieras, Harrison H. Millar, Brian M. Piglia, Kyler T. Pisciotta and Seth M. Pohlman. In the sixth row are Felix M. Rabito, Zachary W. Robbins, Jeremy W. Scheffler, Steven L. Sellers, Evan J. Slattery and Brady R. Stiller. In the back row are James A. Stoner, Arjun Verma, Edward T. Welsch, Joshua J. West, Brandon M. Wolff and Logan K. Yokum.

Jesuit High School’s Class of 2016 has 43 National Merit semifinalists, the most from any one school in Louisiana, in the annual scholarship competition.

Jesuit’s 43 National Merit Scholars represent 20 percent of the state’s 212 honorees from 52 different high schools.

“We are extremely proud of our 43 senior semifinalists for achieving such a significant academic accomplishment,” said Jesuit principal Peter Kernion, ’90. “It is truly an honor to be recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist, and on behalf of our faculty and administration, Jesuit congratulates these Blue Jays for their hard work and perseverance.”

Jesuit’s Class of 2016 also yielded the largest number of semifinalists at the high school since 54 Blue Jay semifinalists were similarly honored from the Class of 2004. In the 13-year period beginning with the Class of 2004 through the Class of 2016, Jesuit has produced a total of 456 National Merit semifinalists.

Nationwide, there are about 16,000 semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.