Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 18, 2018

ffprep Merit webFrom left in front, Jesuit Father Thomas Simisky, president of Fairfield Prep, poses with National Merit Semifinalist Jonathan Siveyer and Commended Students Grant Ballesteros and Junlin Mo; and Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta;. In back row are Commended Students Brendan Flynn, Tom Paul and Ben Martinez. (Photo submitted)

FAIRFIELD – Six seniors at Fairfield prep have been honored in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Jonathan Siveyer has been named a semifinalist, and Grant Ballesteros, Junlin Mo, Brendan Flynn, Tom Paul and Ben Martinez have been named Commended Students.

The seniors are recognized based on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in their junior year. Over 1.5 million students from across the nation entered the competition by taking the test, and the Prep winners were selected based on placement in the top five percent in the highly competitive state of Connecticut.

According to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., "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 con-tinue their pursuit of academic success."