It’s an elite honor to be recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the more than 1.5 million entrants each year, only 50,000 are recognized as high scorers based upon their PSAT score. Of the 50,000, two-thirds are recognized as commended students, and one-third is recognized as semi-finalists.
In the Class of 2020, Jack Huffman was named a semi-finalist and Madison Meixner and Libby Kohls were named commended students.
Huffman (St. Christopher, Tipp City) is interested in studying biochemistry after high school.
“I have always been intrigued by science in general and the medical world.”
During his time at CJ, he has been involved in multiple activities including mock trial, football, baseball, Ohio Attorney General Teen Ambassador Board, and National Honor Society.
When reflecting on his time at CJ, Huffman said, “CJ has developed me in a holistic way through my faith and education. CJ has allowed me to thrive in unique environments and with a diverse community of learners.
“I am proud to represent CJ as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. It goes to show the dedication and care the teachers and community at CJ emphasizes in growing each student as a student and a person.”
Kohls (St. Albert the Great, Dayton) is interested in studying industrial design in college. She is a member of the colorguard and Busted Box Improv.
“I feel like CJ has really challenged me to try my hardest and grow to become a more self-proficient student. Classes are really challenging and the material is interesting so that helps. CJ has also given me a wide range of options to explore in-class options and in extracurriculars. I felt like I could really explore who I wanted to be and that helped a lot figuring out what I wanted to do in college.”
Meixner (Montessori School of Dayton, Bellbrook) is wanting to study international diplomacy and medicine in college. Her favorite subjects at CJ include biology and psychology.
“I love the way that the mind and the body works. The way that everything works together in our body and the way that we think and come to the conclusions that we do is amazing.”
Meixner is a member of the cross country and track teams and is also a member of the school’s a cappella group, Vega.
“I feel like CJ really works on giving us tools to manage ourselves and gain independence. CJ does a good job of emphasizing the whole person — not just academics but also getting involved which I think is important for college.”
Congratulations to these members of the Class of 2020!
Posted October 2, 2019