Eight Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students

The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced this year’s semifinalists and commended students in its academic competition and Eastside Catholic is proud to have eight students honored this year: Lilian Didcock and Serena Gilani as semifinalists and Rosalie Didcock, Anthony Schmidt, Dane Williams, Johann Fernando, Henry Maxon and Katherine Roberts as commended students.

Lillian and Serena are among approximately 16,000 high school students nationally who made the National Merit Semifinal list.

Interim High School Principal Polly Skinner praised the students for their accomplishments. “Lillian Didcock and Serena Gilani are outstanding students and hardworking young women who manifest our Touchstones and all they stand for. We are extremely proud of them and know they represent Eastside Catholic High School on many levels.”

These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $32 million that will be offered in the spring of 2018.

Lillian said that her future plans include, “attending a university next year and pursuing a career in biomedical engineering with a minor in global health. I would love to help with neglected tropical diseases and other underfunded illnesses.”

Lillian also offered advice for younger students. “Anything is possible [for younger students] if they are willing to work for it. Using free time wisely and being their own biggest cheerleader are also really important.”

Rosalie, Anthony, Dane, Johann, Henry and Katherine are among approximately 34,000 high school students nationally who were named National Merit Commended Students. These students placed among the top 50,000 scorers.

Anthony Schmidt, Henry Maxon, Dane Williams, Rosalie Didcock, Johann Fernando, Katherine Roberts

About 1.6 million juniors, in more than 22,000 high schools, entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Merit Scholar designees will be selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Congratulations Lillian, Serena, Rosalie, Anthony, Dane, Johann, Henry and Katherine!