Azar, Grill, Million, Pete and Swetman named National Merit Semifinalists, top 1% of U.S. high school seniors

We are proud to announce that Stephen Azar, Maximilian Grill, Amelie Million, Jordan Pete and Windfield Swetman have been named National Merit Semifinalists. National Merit Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

In October of last year, the St. Patrick Class of 2019 took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or the PSAT/NMSQT. Out of about 1.6 million high school seniors from around the United States, 16,000 became National Merit Semifinalists based on their academic performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Azar is the son of Mr. Nabil Azar and Mrs. Rana Azar of Biloxi, and he is a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish; Grill is the son of Manfred Grill and Pamela Grill of D’Iberville, and he is a member of Sacred Heart Parish; Million is the daughter of Mr. Troy Million and Mrs. Odile Million of Ocean Springs, and she is a member of St. Alphonsus Parish; Pete is the daughter of Mr. Edward Pete and Ms. Kimberly Owens of Gulfport, and she is a member of St. James Parish; Swetman is the son of Mr. Windy Swetman and Mrs. Jon’elle Swetman of Biloxi, and he is a member of First Baptist Biloxi.

These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition to be awarded one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Established in 2007, St. Patrick is the premier secondary educational institution in South Mississippi and strives each day to Educate Scholars, Train Disciples, and Support Champions.  St. Patrick is proud to report a 99% college matriculation rate, ACT and SAT scores that far exceed the state and national averages, and a rich history of Catholic education founded in the traditional roots of our legacy schools of St. John High School, Mercy Cross High School, Notre Dame High School, and Sacred Heart Academy.