Jade Agler named National Merit Semi-Finalist; top 1% of U.S. high school seniors

BILOXI, Miss.- St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to announce that Jade Agler ’24 has been named a 2024 National Merit Semifinalist. National Merit Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Last October, the St. Patrick Class of 2024 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.

Agler is the daughter of James and Dr. Lin Agler of Biloxi. After high school she plans to major in either pre-medicine or education. 

Agler now has the opportunity to continue in the competition to be awarded one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be awarded next spring.


St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi, and named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2019. 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 100% 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.