Seven seniors from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart have been named National Merit Finalists. This group represents nearly 10 percent of the senior class, one of the highest percentages of National Merit Finalists for a class in school history.

The students are Jackie Barnes, Bailey Bodner, Tess Bowler, Hannah Coldiron, Sophia Dervin, Madison Meduna, and Audrey Surdell.

These students have become great leaders as well as exceptional students said Duchesne Principal Dr. Laura Hickman. “I’m proud that they have received this honor and know that they are poised to do great things in college and beyond,” said Hickman.

Less than one percent of high school seniors in America were named National Semifinalists. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must provide information about the Semifinalist’s grades throughout high school, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and other qualifications. Semifinalists must also submit an essay.

“I am so impressed with the commitment of these students despite the challenges of the pandemic,” said Frances Swanson, Duchesne Academy College Counselor.

Two other students, Anna Kwong and Anna Preston were named National Merit Commended Scholars.

From left: Audrey Surdell, Sophia Dervin, Bailey Bodner, Jackie Barnes, Hannah Coldiron (via Zoom), Madison Meduna, Tess Bowler.


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