Katherine Jester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 1, 2019 – St. Louis Catholic announced today that seniors Katherine Jester and Lucas Manuel have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by SLCHS Administrator Mia Orgeron to these scholastically talented seniors.

“St. Louis Catholic is beyond proud of our students Katherine and Lucas for achieving the distinction of National Merit Commended Student,” Orgeron said.  “Both students demonstrate excellence on and off campus.  They are not only academically gifted, but they are also great role models for their peers.  We know that their futures are bright, and they will give back to their communities in many ways.”

Lucas Manuel

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”


Click here to read about St. Louis Catholic’s 2019-2020 National Merit semifinalists, Ethan Hebert and Caroline Obluda.