Thriffiley named National Merit Finalist

BILOXI, Miss.- St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to announce that Jameson Thriffiley ’22 has been named a 2022 National Merit Finalist.

You may remember our announcement that Thriffiley had been named a semifinalist but now he 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 Jameson for advancing as a National Merit Finalist. His dedication to our school and to his success is highly notable,” Principal Dr. Matt Buckley said. “I am confident that Jameson will continue to be successful academically at the collegiate level. I know he will continue to make St. Patrick proud.”

Thriffiley is the son of Dr. James and Angie Thriffiley of Gulfport. He is a member of St. James Parish. After high school, Thriffiley plans to attend the University of Mississippi and major in Business Accounting.

Thriffiley 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.