Le Tran Named National Merit Finalist

BILOXI, Miss.- St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to announce that Anna Aithien Le Tran ’21 has been named a 2021 National Merit Finalist.

You may remember our announcement that Le Tran had been named a semifinalist but now she has been named National Merit Finalists and will be considered for scholarship monies.

Last October, the St. Patrick Class of 2021 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, 7,600 become National Merit Finalists based on their academic performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.

“We are extremely proud of Anna for advancing as a National Merit Finalist. Her dedication to our school and to her success are highly notable; I am confident that she will continue to excel, see great success, and make a positive impact in the lives of others. She makes all of us at St. Patrick very proud!” said Principal Dr. Matt Buckley.

Le Tran is the daughter of Daniel and Tracy Le Tran of Gulfport. She is a member of Vietnamese Martyrs Parish and St. James Parish. After high school, Le Tran plans to attend Louisiana State University and major in Biomedical Engineering with future plans to attend medical school. 

Le Tran now has the opportunity to continue in the competition to be awarded one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.



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.