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National Merit Recognizes Three Seniors

Holy Family Catholic High School is proud to announce three of its seniors recognized by the 2023 National Merit® Scholarship program: Eli Bresnan-2023 National Merit® Scholarship Semifinalist, and Emma Murphy and Kael Foudray,  2023 National Merit® Scholarship Commended Students. Eli, Emma, and Kael are all St. Hubert alumni.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, most will advance to Finalists in February. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the 1.5 million test-takers.

At Holy Family, our National Merit Commended Students are more than scholars. They are active participants in school activities and generous volunteers in the broader community.

National Merit Semifinalist

Eli Bresnan, National Merit Semifinalist

Name: Elijah Bresnan

Middle School: St. Hubert Catholic School in Chanhassen

Activities you are involved in at HF: Football, Fencing, Rock Band, Robotics, Quiz Bowl, Track & Field

Volunteer Experience: I play music weekly for the St. Huberts Music Ministry

Intended College Major: Computer Science with a minor in Music

Only a select few seniors are recognized by the National Merit Program. Congratulations. How did you prepare for the PSAT?

I made sure to get a good night of sleep and eat a good breakfast. Also, I drank a lot of coffee.

You are also an AP student. Rigorous academic course loads can be stressful; how do you deal with that stress, and what advice do you have for students who are going through similar situations?

The number one thing is to stay organized. Also, when everything seems overwhelming, take it one task at a time and do not be afraid to ask for help.

What will you miss the most after you graduate from HF?

There’s a lot to miss. I’ll always remember the support and love I received from our tight-knit community, the good times I’ve had at school and activities, and above all, I’ll miss my best friend Ben Mechtel.

National Merit Commended Students

Emma Murphy, National Merit Commended Student

Name: Emma Murphy

Middle School: St. Hubert Catholic School

Activities you are involved in at HF:

Girls Tennis – (Captain 2021, 2022), Nordic Skiing, Lasallian Youth, Math League, Student Ambassador

Volunteer Experience:

Peer tutoring, Playing flute at St. Hubert Mass, Humanity Alliance, Feed My Starving Children, Summerwood of Chanhassen

Intended College Major: Business Analytics.

Only a select few seniors are recognized by the National Merit Program. Congratulations. How did you prepare for the PSAT?
I prepared by getting plenty of sleep the night before, having a filling breakfast, and going into the test with an open mind!

You are also an AP student. Rigorous academic course loads can be stressful; how do you deal with that stress, and what advice do you have for students who are going through similar situations?
Between sports and plenty of AP courses, it is easy to feel like the work is unbearable. I handle this stress best by organization and having a plan to get everything done. I make a to-do list every day which helps me stay on track and prioritize what I should finish first. My advice to anyone feeling overwhelmed is take a break and listen to music or go on a walk to get your mind off of whatever is worrying you. Talking to a friend, family member, or someone else you trust can also be beneficial in relieving stress or anxiety. Once you are in a clear headspace, just keep checking things off your to-do list!

What will you miss the most after you graduate from HF?
I will miss being surrounded by friends, teammates, and teachers  who always support me when I need it most. It is very easy to get involved in a variety of activities, and this has led me to meet some of my best friends. Holy Family is a second home to me and I will miss making countless memories within this tight-knit community

 

 

Kael Foudray, National Merit Commended Student

 

Name: Kael Foudray

Middle School: St. Hubert Catholic School in Chanhassen

Activities you are involved in at HF: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Knowledge Bowl, Math League, Quiz Bowl, Honor Society, Student Ambassador

Volunteer Experience: Waconia Food Shelf, St. Hubert School, Feed My Starving Children

Intended College Major: Undecided

Only a select few seniors are recognized by the National Merit Program. Congratulations. How did you prepare for the PSAT?
Most of my preparation for the PSAT was simply taking practice SATs and learning what I could from what I got wrong.

You are also an AP student. Rigorous academic course loads can be stressful; how do you deal with that stress, and what advice do you have for students who are going through similar situations?
The best way to minimize stress and manage a heavy academic load is to develop a good system of time management. It is essential to set aside some time every night free of distractions to get done what you need to get done.

What will you miss the most after you graduate from HF?
I will miss the sense of community that has been built, both in my grade and in the school. I will miss seeing the faces of people that I know between classes, and the time I get to spend with them throughout the day.