Nine diocesan high school seniors were named finalists in the
2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The finalists include: Samuel Paparo of Bishop Ireton High School
in Alexandria; Grace Halford of Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington; and
Maria Horner of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries.
According to Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, this year there
was a school record of six finalists: Benjamin Barrett, Stephen Artner, Landon
Labuskes, Vernon Andrade, Thomas Sheehan and Allison Potter.
The National Merit Scholarship competition begins with the
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying
Test, which is taken in the fall of junior year. Of the approximately 1.6
million entrants, only 15,000 become finalists.