Schinaman named National Merit semifinalist

DAYTON — Chaminade Julienne​ senior Kathryn Schinaman is in elite company as the Tipp City resident was recently named a ​National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist​. Schinaman will continue on in the competition to become a National Merit Finalist.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend Chaminade Julienne and for all I have gained academically and spiritually during my high school career,” Schinaman said. “I have been blessed to experience diversity and participate in travel and social justice projects that have framed who I am as a leader.”

The 17 year old puts her words about leadership into action as the current CJ student council president. She served as class president her freshman, sophomore and junior years. Schinaman is also a member of the ​Eagle Ambassador​ leadership team and the Student Development Chair club as well as a National Honor Society member. She previously played golf and lacrosse for the Eagles and was a member of the Mock Trial team.

“My experiences at CJ have shaped me into the person that I am today, and I am so grateful for the CJ leaders and teachers who have always supported me and helped bring out the best in me as a student and person,” she said.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools across the country entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Of those 1.5 million students, approximately 16,000 were recognized as Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program — which represents less than 1 percent of the high school students in the United States. About 15,000 students are expected to advance to the Finalist level and will be notified of that designation in February 2021.

While Schinaman is still making college decisions, her favorite CJ classes to date have been AP biology and AP psychology and she has enjoyed the biomedical science program as well as her volunteer work at Miami Valley Hospital.