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2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Announced
Elizabeth McDonnell

St. Andrew’s Schools is proud to announce that Jemma Stollberg, a senior in The Priory’s Upper School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program!

National Merit Scholarship Corporation was founded to recognize and honor extraordinary academically talented students across the US and provide those students access to scholarships to help them realize their dreams. High school juniors enter the National Merit program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT, a test that serves as an initial screen of program entrants. 

Stollberg was named a semifinalist for being among the highest-scoring entrants in the state of Hawaiʻi. To continue in the competition, and become a finalist to earn one of the 7,500 National Merit scholarships, Jemma will submit a detailed application showcasing her outstanding academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and a list of awards and other recognition she has received. 

Jemma has received numerous academic excellence awards as a Priory student in math, history, science, and English, as well the Rensselaer Medal from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for strength and success in the fields of math and science. Jemma was also named an AP Scholar by the College Board for scoring a 5 (the highest score) on all three of the Advanced Placement exams she took last spring.

One of Jemma’s favorite extracurricular activities is the Thespian Society Troupe 1993, for which she has served in a leadership position as the troupe's secretary since November 2019. Since entering the Upper School, Jemma has participated in seven plays and several Thespian Society conferences, and in 2019 won the “Best Supporting Actor” award from the International Thespian Society for her performance as “Lurch” in the Priory’s production of the musical, The Addams Family.

We are proud of Jemma for earning this honor and for continuing to exemplify our school motto, Kūlia i ka nuʻu (“strive for the highest”). Congratulations, Jemma!