The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that nine seniors from La Salle College High School have been selected as National Merit Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Christian Bardsley, Matthew Domanico, Mark McDonoough, Aidan McNair, Kyle Mullen, Robert Nagle, Mason Sermarini, Emmet Young, and Kevork Zeibari have the opportunity continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be awarded in the spring of 2021. La Salle had the most National Merit Semifinalists among all the Catholic high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware as well as the most among Lasallian schools in the United States.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation was established in 1955 and is a not-for-profit organization in Evanston, IL that operates without government assistance. Scholarships are are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
La Salle College High School
Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program
Christian M. Bardsley, son of Jason and Julie Bardsley of Hatboro, PA, graduate of Keith Valley Middle School.
Matthew Domanico, son of Michael and Michel Domanico of Lansdale, PA, graduate of Penndale Middle School.
Mark D. McDonough, son of David and Mary Ann McDonough of Glenside, PA, graduate of Abington Junior High School.
Aidan McNair, son of Lee and Jill McNair of Doylestown, PA, graduate of Unami Middle School.
Kyle A. Mullen, son of Cara and Jay Mullen of Lansdale, PA, graduate of Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary School.
Robert E. Nagle, son of Robert and Jennifer Nagle of Spring House, PA, graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School.
Mason A. Sermarini, son of Erik and Cathleen Sermarini of Langhorne, PA, graduate of Maple Point Middle School.
Emmet B. Young, son of Kevin and Jane Young of Yardley, PA, graduate of Saint Ignatius of Antioch School.
Kevork J. Zeibari, son of Andre and Rosa Zeibari of Ambler, PA, graduate of Armenian Sisters Academy.