September 9, 2015 - 13 Students from Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston Named As National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists*

Students are among the highest-scoring entrants in Massachusetts
BRAINTREE, MA (September 9, 2015) -- Thirteen students from eight schools in the Archdiocese of Boston were announced today as National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists.
Approximately 1.5 million students applied for the program as juniors by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and less than one percent of current high school seniors qualified to become semifinalists.
The finalists, who will be announced in February, will go on to compete for a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, of which there are 2,500 available. In addition, corporations, colleges, and universities will also sponsor approximately 4,900 Merit Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in spring/summer 2016. Merit scholars are chosen based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Congratulations to:
  • Margaret C. Barrett - Matignon High School, Cambridge
  • Gary Baginski - Saint John’s Preparatory School, Danvers
  • Erin E. Grela - Ursuline Academy, Dedham
  • Daniel P. Casey - Boston College High School, Dorchester
  • Brendan D. Connolly - Boston College High School, Dorchester
  • Cameron J. Donovan - Boston College High School, Dorchester
  • Colm R. Feeney - Boston College High School, Dorchester
  • Noah A. Peterson - Boston College High School, Dorchester
  • Colin M. Harvey - Malden Catholic High School, Malden
  • James P. Ryan - Saint Sebastian’s School, Needham
  • Olivia M. Comeau - Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody
  • Christina E. Zoldak - Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody
  • Emma C. Tilley - Austin Preparatory School, Reading
For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit  Click on press releases to see the entire national list.
The Catholic Schools Office
Meghan Stellman
About Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston: Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston educate 38,000 students in 116 schools. The schools offer a high-quality, rigorous education that is rooted in Catholic faith and values for students age 2.9 through grade 12.
About the Archdiocese of Boston: The Diocese of Boston was founded on April 8, 1808 and was elevated to Archdiocese in 1875. Currently serving the needs of 1.8 million Catholics, the Archdiocese of Boston is an ethnically diverse and spiritually enriching faith community consisting of 289 parishes, across 144 communities, educating approximately 42,000 students in its Catholic schools and 156,000 in religious education classes each year, ministering to the needs of 200,000 individuals through its pastoral and social service outreach.   Mass is celebrated in nearly twenty different languages each week. For more information, please visit