Jackson, McKee, Springer named National Merit Semifinalists, top 1% of U.S. high school seniors

Mr. Matt Buckley, principal of St. Patrick Catholic High School, is proud to announce that Tyler Jackson, John “Jack” McKee, and Melvin “Richard” Springer 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 2018 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.

Jackson is the son of Mr. Gary Jackson and Mrs. Linda Jackson of Gulfport; McKee is the son of Dr. John McKee and Dr. Shaun McKee of Ocean Springs, and he is a member of Nativity BVM Parish; and Springer is the son of Mr. Rick Springer and Mrs. Kathy Springer of Biloxi, and he is a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

These academically talented high school seniors now have an opportunity to continue in the competition to be awarded a National Merit Scholarship.

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.