89 Strake Jesuit students were among 32,000 students nationally whom have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs
. These National Recognition Programs grant students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.
National Merit Semifinalists
The following students are named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists: Mason Abrell, Jackson Berger, Vail Chen, Christopher DeMoor, Andrew Hung, Grigoriy Nikulin, Kile Stenoien, Jonathan Taffet, and Jarvis Xie.
Christopher DeMoor attributes his success to setting aside time each week to review practice tests and strengthen subject areas that he felt needed the most improvement. Mason Abrell attribues his recognition as a National Merit Semifinalist to “many people and things, but mainly to the supportive community, including my teachers and parents, as well as the willingness to put in the effort, both in school and through the Ray Dass Merit program to put me in a position to succeed.”
“Jesuit students have always excelled on college entrance testing, but this year’s has shown themselves to be uniquely talented, doubling the typical number of students recognized for excellent PSAT scores. This diverse group includes sophomores and juniors from dozens of zip codes around the Houston area, and students from every Jesuit cohort — House System leaders, team captains and extraordinary athletes, actors, debaters, club presidents, and more. We thank God for the intellect and determination of these young men, and we are proud to have their achievements represent Strake Jesuit,” said Ken Lojo, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory Principal.
National Merit Commended Students
The following students were recognized as National Merit Commended students: Cristin Bera, Dominic Bujanos, Carson Burkhart, John Burton, William Davis, John Dillihunt, William Dondlinger, Landon Fisher, Ty Gribble, John Griffin, Matthew Held, Minh-Dat Hoang, Michael Jeffery, Daniel Lee, Grant Marshall, Matthew Mischlich, Alexander Mitchell, Dillon Murti, Julian Puerto, Kangsheng Qi, Camilo Riascos, Robert Rivera, James Rutherford, Aaron Schmidt, Jeevan Sidhu, Thomas Smith, William Spires, Barrett Spritzer, Garrett Stratton, Jackson Swoboda, Shawn Varkey, Colin Vu, Charles Walker, Alexander Wang, and Alexander Wei.
National African American Recognition
The following students were recognized as National African American Recognition Scholars: Alex Broadnax, Carrson Canady, Joel Crawford, Zion Dixon, Drayton Jones, and Noah Valencia.
National Hispanic Recognition
The following students were recognized as National Hispanic Recognition scholars: Isaac Al-Ramahi, Andres Axtell, Cristian Barinaga, Jack Brodie, Dominic Bujanos, Nicolas Cerda, Marco Cerritos, Eduardo Del Olmo, Samuel Efron, Pablo Escobedo, Christian Felan, Nelson Figueroa, Joshua Franklin, David Fry, Jose Gomez, Juan Guio, Aidan Guthrie, David Hernandez-Molina, Diego Lopez, Dante Martinez, Joshua Martinez, Michael Martinez, Alexander Mitchell, Manuel PanDavila, Cesar Perozo, Evan Proctor, Julian Puerto, Daniel Ragazzo, Julio Ramirez, Matthew Sadler, Jase Schmalz, Dwight Solano, Hadi Suheil, Nicholas Thomas, Roberto Valcarcel, Noah Valencia, Alejandro Velasco, Jackson Venza, Sebastian Villamil, Mathias Wagner, Jordan Young, and Alec Zierlein.