Thirty students from the class of 2022 representing 11 archdiocesan high schools throughout the five-county region recently learned that they are National Merit Recognized Students.

The students, who will be seniors when the new academic year begins in the fall, were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as among the 50,000 highest scoring individuals among approximately 1.5 million high school students to enter the competition nationwide.

The listing of individuals below includes those identified by an asterisk as participating in the Connelly Foundation’s Neumann Scholars Program. Since 1995 the scholarship program has identified academically talented eighth grade students through a competitive examination and provides four year scholarships to attend any archdiocesan high school.


Archbishop Ryan High School

Joseph Tangradi*

Archbishop Wood High School

Braeden Choo
Katherine Finnegan*
Cesar Guerra-Solano
Patrick Kreuzburg
Gary Martin*
Alexander Sheak*

Bishop Shanahan High School

Leah M. Baker*
John C. Boncek
Grace A. DellaPorta
Bridget M. Gaunter*
Mary Grant
Emma H. McHugh
Gabriel A. Nichols*
Jessica R. Ward
Grace E. Watson*

Cardinal O’Hara High School

Haley E. Garecht
Dorothy L. Tomko*

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School

John L. Moyer

Lansdale Catholic High School

Aidan G. Halverson*
Caroline J. Kerr*
Alex J. Kulp*
Elijah Wagner

Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School

Ava Jones

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School

Nicholas Barbi

Pope John Paul II High School

Brynn Delaney
Kelly O’Connor*

Roman Catholic High School

Joseph Holahan*

Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls

Abigayle L. Brubaker*
Susan M. Cahill*


Learn more about archdiocesan schools here, and about Faith in the Future here.