Ten JPPSS Students Named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists


Top row: Carson Chauvin, Nick Dang, Abrania Marrero, Kirk Hanson, Kara Thomas Bottom row: Kaitlin Schuette, John Lacey, Jack Thomas, Gillian Skupin, Daniel Jung

Ten students in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) have been named as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. In order to be considered for the program, students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To become a semifinalist, students must be the top scorers in their state.

“We are very proud of our students who have been named as semifinalists,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “They are very deserving of this prestigious honor and we wish them luck as they continue into the finalist stage.”

Representing JPPSS are seven students from Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies and three students from Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy. The honored students are as follows:

Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies

  • Kirk Hanson
  • Daniel Dongeun Jung
  • John M. Lacey
  • Kaitlin Schuette
  • Gillian Skupin
  • Jackson Teagle
  • Kara Thomas

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy

  • Carson G. Chauvin
  • Nicklas W. Dang
  • Abrania D. Marrero

Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the level of finalist. Approximately 90 percent of students are expected to attain the finalist standing, with more than half winning scholarships.