National Merit Program

Eight from Hoban's Class of 2015 recognized
by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Front row: Anthony Incorvati, Evan Nichols, Anna Armao (Finalists). Back row: Alexandria Jackson (National Achievement Outstanding Participant), Matthew Rohrer, Madison Hughes, Tess Davey, Graham Onders (Commended Students).

Three seniors named finalists
in National Merit Scholarship competition

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized three Hoban seniors in its 60th annual competition. Anna Armao, Anthony Incorvati and Evan Nichols have been named finalists and are among some 16,000 seniors who will continue in the quest for 8,000 scholarship awards valued at about $35 million. National Merit recognition is based on scores on the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT.



NMSC designates four Hoban seniors
as Commended Students 

Four Hoban seniors were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program Sept. 22. Tess H. Davey, Madison R. Hughes, Graham T. Onders and Benjamin W. Rohrer are among 34,000 students throughout the nation recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Senior named Outstanding Participant in National Achievement program

Senior Alexandria Jackson was named an Outstanding Participant in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program and is being referred to some 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities. Jackson scored in the top three percent of Black Americans who requested consideration when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. She receives a certificate in recognition of her potential for academic success in college but does not continue in the competition for National Achievement Scholarships.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program was begun in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school students. It is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Six from Class of 2014 earn recognition in National Merit program

Malinda Baer, Madalyn Beban, Ryan Kupcik, Katherine Frego, Susan Stalter and Lucia Congeni

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized six Hoban seniors in its 59th annual competition. Malinda Baer has been named a semifinalist and continues in the quest for some 8,000 scholarship awards valued at about $35 million. Madalyn Beban, Lucia Congeni, Katherine Frego, Ryan Kupcik and Susan Stalter have been designated as Commended Students. They receive a letter of commendation for their exceptional academic promise. National Merit recognition is based on scores on the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT.

Malinda Baer also achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, a remarkable accomplishment. Less than one 10th of one percent of students taking the test achieve a perfect score. The national average score is about 21.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation honors eight from Class of 2013

: Semifinalists Sam Smartnick, Tony Burns, Lauren Whitehouse and Matt Onders. Back: Commended Students Katherine Geary, James Marrter, Andrew Udovich and Kristin Sanchez. (Sanchez was also named a 2012-13 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.)

Thirteen from Class of 2012 recognized in National Merit competition

  • Connor Lynch
  • Ileana Horattas
  • Lindsay Huth
  • Jake Pelini
  • Ryan Will
  • Brock Barber
 Commended Students:
  • Julianna Blischak
  • Kristin Brennan
  • Katherine Caprez
  • Abigail Dankoff
  • Caren Dieglio
  • Mary Stalter
  • Kellie Tomin

Class of 2011 National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students

Two members of the Hoban's Class of 2011 were among some 16,000 finalists named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation:
  • Sean Cody
  • Justin Horning 

Six additional students received the designatgion of Commended Students:

  • Jacob Belair
  • Mark Frego
  • Kevin Geary
  • Nolan Habel
  • Deanna Klettlinger
  • Kathryn Savako

National Merit Scholarship Program–a measure of excellence

Established in 1955, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. NMSC conducts the National Merit® Scholarship Program and the National Achievement® Scholarship Program–annual competitions for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.

NMSC’s goals have remained constant since its inception:
  • to identify and honor academically talented U.S. high school students;
  • to stimulate increased support for their education; and
  • to provide efficient and effective scholarship program management for organizations that wish to sponsor college undergraduate scholarships.

Through these endeavors, NMSC, which is committed to maintaining the highest standards, has earned a reputation for quality and integrity. Since its founding, NMSC has recognized 2.8 million students and provided over 350,000 scholarships worth more than $1.4 billion. The honors awarded by NMSC to exceptionally able students are viewed as definitive marks of excellence. Recipients of Merit Scholarship® awards, Achievement Scholarship®
awards, and corporate-sponsored Special Scholarships have increased the nation’s respect for intellectual accomplishments and have contributed significantly to its talent pool of future leaders.

Students were eligible for the NMSC competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Hoban’s semifinalists are Sean Cody and Justin Horning. Cody and Horning are among nearly 16,000 semifinalists out of 1.5 million seniors from across the nation, representing those scoring in the 99th percentile of all who took the test. These academically talented high school seniors continue in the competition for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring.

The Commended Students recognized by NMSC are Jake Belair, Mark Frego, Kevin Geary, Nolan Habel, Deanna Klettlinger and Kathryn Savako. These commended students are among 34,000 students nationwide represent those who scored at the 98th or 97th percentile of all students taking the PSAT and are recognized for having outstanding potential at the college level.

Since 2000, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized a total of 134 Hoban students, with 39 reaching Finalist status.

Class of 2011 Hoban National Merit Finalists
  • Sean Cody
  • Justin Horning

Class of 2011 Hoban National Merit Commended Students

  • Jacob Belair
  • Mark Frego
  • Kevin Geary
  • Nolan Habel
  • Deanna Klettlinger
  • Kathryn Savako

Class of 2010 Hoban National Merit Finalists
  • Vincent Burns
  • Mary Dieglio
  • Jake Frego
  • Alexandra Kepler
  • Janelle Stalter

Class of 2010 Hoban National Merit Commended Students

  • Lawrence Anderle
  • Eric Antonucci
  • William Darby
  • Shannon Davey
  • Alec Droba
  • Brian Gibbons
  • Rachael Hershey
  • Mackenzie Kaser
  • Elizabeth Melhus
  • Stephen Veillette

Class of 2010 Hoban National Achievement Outstanding Participant

  • Taylor Martin

Class of 2009 Hoban National Merit Finalists

  • Terence M. Hillery
  • Patrick J. Kramer
  • Andrew D. Padula
  • Christopher G. Sarkis

Class of 2009 Hoban National Merit Commended Students 

  • Sarah Blinka
  • Mike Horth
  • Catherine Huff
  • Ashley Markowski
  • Evan Merle
  • Charles Renner
  • Ethan Scott
  • Kyle Sokol
  • Rachel Wischt

Class of 2008 Hoban National Merit Finalists

  • Erin Armao
  • Marjorie Cantine
  • Caroline Dzeba
  • Adam Gale
  • Joshua Schnitzler
  • Victoria Stewart

Class of 2008 Hoban National Merit Semifinalist 

  • Joshua Schnitzler

Class of 2008 Hoban National Merit Commended Students

  • Courtney Chlebina
  • Kathleen Davey
  • Andrea Hinton
  • Meagan McMahon
  • Rebecca Miesle
  • Maria Neugebauer
  • Nicholas Reymann

Class of 2007 Hoban National Merit Finalists

  • Amelia Landenberger
  • Laurel Marshall

Class of 2007 Hoban National Merit Commended Students

  • Genevieve Sharron
  • Kevin Buehrle
  • Erin Capitena
  • Christopher Geary
  • Andrew Bluebond

Class of 2006 Hoban National Merit Finalists

  • Jon Bluebond, St. Paul
  • Peter Mushenheim, St. Joseph, Cuyahoga Falls
  • Erica Nunez, St. Hilary
  • Jennifer Weber, St. Francis deSales

Class of 2006 Hoban National Merit Commended Students

  • Amber Beery, Sacred Heart Wadsworth
  • John Blischak, St. Sebastian
  • Carli Calderone, Coventry
  • Andy Drabic, St. Patrick
  • Kristiana Dzeba, St. Francis de Sales
  • Anna Edwards, St. Joseph, Cuyahoga Falls
  • Daniel Garbinsky, St. Paul
  • Timothy Garvin, Home Schooled
  • Justin Hanna, St. Augustine
  • Thomas Metzger, St. Matthew
  • Anthony Quinn, St. Matthew
  • Roxanne Sawhill, Coventry
  • John Veillette, St. Sebastian
  • Michael Voellmecke, St. Hilary