Ursuline News

Meet Our National Merit Semifinalists

We celebrated our National Merit Semifinalists Tuesday with a luncheon and special cake. We can't wait to see what they accomplish next.

Approximately 16,000 students across the U.S. were named National Merit Semifinalists this year. These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships offered next spring.

Meet our National Merit Semifinalists:

Sarah Hui

Clubs/Interests: Newspaper, Cross Country, SRO Supper Club, Ambassadors, Global Advisory Council

"I want to double major in English and International Studies. English, because I love to think and really enjoy studying humanity through our stories. International Studies, because our more-global-than-ever society fascinates me."

Lauren Montigue

Clubs/Interests: Cross Country and Champions League, a program with the YMCA that promotes community and healthy living for kids with special needs

"I want to major in Environmental Engineering. I see engineering as a bridge from scientific knowledge to real-world improvements and believe the environment will be the defining issue of our generation. I want to be a part of the continuing push for sustainability." 

Cecilia O'Brien

Clubs/Interests: Tri-M Music Honor Society Co-President, Cross Country, violin, and volunteering at the Scottish Rite Hospital for senior service

"I plan on studying aerospace or computer engineering. Engineering is interesting to me because I love hands-on problem solving and I want to work with people to make a positive difference in the world."

Sarah Visokay

Clubs/Interests: SRO Supper Club, swim team, and making regular visits to the Pre-K at St. Rita to do fun experiments with the kids to get them interested in science

"I am not completely sure of my career path, but I am interested in engineering or medicine. At some point, I would love to be a part of Engineers or Doctors Without Borders because I have a deep desire to give back and help others."