National Recognition

Hoban's academic standards are illustrated through student achievements. The number of students recognized each year by the National Merit Scholarship Program® and the College Board is a testament to Hoban's faculty and the quality of a Hoban education. 

National Merit Scholarship Program

Being recognized, at any level, by the National Merit Scholarship Program® is a high achievement for both the student and their school. They represent the top performing students in the nation. Hoban is proud to have a long-standing tradition of naming students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. In the last five years, 53 students have been recognized, more than any other school in Summit County.

About the National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. According to their website, approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year. 

Of the 1.6 million entrants, about 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, Hoban is notified of the students who have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. 

Commended Students

About 34,000 students receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.


Approximately 16,000 students qualify as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state. Qualifying scores vary from state to state and from year to year, but the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist. 


Only about 15,000 Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing. High school principals are notified and provided with a Certificate of Merit to present to each Finalist. These students are qualified to potentially receive a Merit Scholarship award. 



Four Hoban seniors named semifinalists

Seniors Christina Worcester, Ayaka Coffman, Michael Bowling and Patrick Sullivan have been named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists. Over the past five years, more than 50 Hoban students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.




National Merit Scholarship Corporation names Commended Students

Five seniors named commended students

Five Hoban seniors have been designated as Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program based on their scores on the PSAT they took as juniors. Slade Brooks, Xavier Dirker, David Duryea, Rebecca Kubick and Grace Rossi are recognized for their exceptional academic promise but will not continue in the competition for scholarships. Earlier, four seniors were named Semifinalists.



Class of 2008

Class of 2009

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

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

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


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

Commended Students:

  • Sarah Blinka
  • Mike Horth
  • Catherine Huff
  • Ashley Markowski
  • Evan Merle
  • Charles Renner
  • Ethan Scott
  • Kyle Sokol
  • Rachel Wischt
  • Vincent Burns
  • Mary Dieglio
  • Jake Frego
  • Alexandra Kepler
  • Janelle Stalter
Commended Students:
  • Lawrence Anderle
  • Eric Antonucci
  • William Darby
  • Shannon Davey
  • Alec Droba
  • Brian Gibbons
  • Rachael Hershey
  • Mackenzie Kaser
  • Elizabeth Melhus
  • Stephen Veillette
National Achievement
Outstanding Participant:
  • Taylor Martin


  • Sean Cody
  • Justin Horning

Commended Students:

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

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

Class of 2014

Class of 2015


  • 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


  • Sam Smartnick
  • Tony Burns
  • Lauren Whitehouse
  • Matt Onders

Commended Students:

  • Katherine Geary
  • James Marrter
  • Andrew Udovich

National Hispanic
Outstanding Participant:

  • Kristin Sanchez


  • Malinda Baer

Commended Students:

  • Madalyn Beban
  • Lucia Congeni
  • Katherine Frego
  • Ryan Kupcik
  • Susan Stalter


  • Anthony Incorvati
  • Evan Nichols
  • Anna Armao

Commended Students:

  • Matthew Rohrer
  • Madison Hughes
  •  Tess Davey
  • Graham Onders

National Achievement
Outstanding Participant:

  • Alexandria Jackson

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019


  • Marilyn Icsman
  • Benjamin Sutter
  • Chelsea Wein


  • Isabella Judge

Commended Students:

  • Joseph Brennan
  • Will Freeman
  • Madeline Grosklos
  • Nicholas Lewis
  • Michael Smith
  • Josh Sukie
  • Gabriella Wittbrod


  • Bryce Dzubara
  • Colin Fricker
  • Carson Keenan
  • Victoria Woodburn

Commended Students:

  • Mara Bahmer
  • Dominic Congeni
  • Andrew Hayes
  • William Schell
  • Luus Stricker
  • Anthony Ursetti


  • Luke Armao
  • Jack Bahmer
  • Joshua Parisi
  • Michael Rinaldi
  • Alison Ritenour
  • Victor Vogt

Commended Students:

  • James Bowling
  • Michael Davies
  • Patrick Hanlon
  • Sean Hayes
  • Kathleen McMahon
  • Jack Skinner
  • Ryan Volcansek
  • Chloe Weidrick


  • Reese Marino

Commended Students:

  • Alexander F. Baumgartner
  • Ian J. Doucet
  • Jacob P. Dudek
  • Lauren M. Fricker
  • Joel T. Hottinger
  • Corrina L. Mullins
  • Kayla A. Mullins
  • Andrew M. Pero
  • Andrew F. Rinaldi

Advanced Placement Scholars

The College Board recognized Hoban students in 2019 based on the results of the Advanced Placement Examinations.
28 AP Scholars, 11 AP Scholars with Distinction, 9 AP Scholars with Honor and 1 National AP Scholar.

  • AP Scholars with Distinction: Lauren Fricker, Bridget Hahn, Joel Hottinger, Michael Jorgenson, Reese Marino, Corrina Mullins, Bennett Nichols, Andrew Pero, Nathaniel Plaspohl,  Andrew Rinaldi, Merideth Vieson
  • AP Scholars with Honor: Ian Doucet, Jacob Dudek, Allison Ewald, Zoe Farah, Jacob Givens, Abigail Griffith, Paul Hirsch Jr, Athena Markowski, Nathan Montecalvo
  • National AP Scholar: Joel Hottinger

Advanced Placement courses give students the chance to tackle college-level work while still in high school and earn college credit and placement. AP classes help students acquire the skills and habits needed to be successful in college. They help students improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving abilities and develop time management skills, discipline and study habits. For more information about the College Board's AP Program, click HERE.


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