Thirteen St. Tammany Parish Public School System students from four schools have been named National Merit Finalists for the 2017-2018 school year. These students are among the highest performing high school students in the nation.
The finalists are Fontainebleau High seniors Avery Erwin and Miles Gray; Mandeville High seniors Grace Dragna, Adam Moeller, Leith Reardon, and Erik Thompson; Northshore High seniors Cody Armand, Charles Blackwell, Nathan Ngo, Claire Picou, Jenna Schmidt, and Anna Yue; and Slidell High senior Kaley Pichon.
Earlier this year, Dragna was named the 2017-2018 STPPS High School Student of the Year and she will represent Louisiana as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program in March in Washington, D.C. Yue, a Northshore scholar, gained notoriety as well for posting a perfect ACT score twice – once as a junior and once again as a senior.
“The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is extremely proud of these outstanding and hardworking students who represent the best of the best in the nation,” said Superintendent Trey Folse. “These students’ achievement in this prestigious nationwide competition is a testament to the high quality of education, our excellent teachers and the opportunities provided to our students.”
The 13 students were selected from more than 1.5 million entrants from across the country for their outstanding academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
The students continue in the competition among 15,000 finalists being considered for the prestigious National Merit Scholarships to be offered throughout the spring.