Archbishop John Carroll High School is proud to announce that three members of the Class of 2018 have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.

Jacob George, Jonathan D. Gould, and Juliana G. Wallgren (left to right) have achieved a distinction that places them among the more than 15,000 students who met the standards to qualify as Finalists. They are part of a distinguished group representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school graduating seniors.

“Jacob, Jonathan, and Juliana are inquisitive, creative, independent learners who seek to know why and how new knowledge can be applied and used in novel ways,” said Anchen Schulz, Ph.D., Carroll principal.  “The attributes that these students share are what have distinguished them throughout their academic careers. We are extremely proud of Jacob, Jonathan, and Juliana’s accomplishments and honored to share their recognition as National Merit Scholarship Finalists.”

Juliana has been accepted at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, Villanova University, Drexel University, and Widener University.  Jacob has been accepted to Penn State University so far. Jonathan is awaiting release of his college acceptances.

Jonathan Gould is the son of Shawn and Kathleen Gould.  He resides in Eagleville and is a member of Corpus Christi Parish.  Jacob George is the son of George Xavier and Zeena Cherian of Exton.  He is a member of St. Norbert Parish.  Julianna Wallgren is the daughter of Chaz and Lauren Wallgren.  She lives in Ridley Park, and is a member of St. Madeline Parish.

The National Merit program is the largest competitive academic program of its kind. The scholarships are funded by independent organizations and institutions. Because funding for the scholarships is limited, a selection process, which is currently underway, will identify about 7,500 National Merit Scholarship Winners from among the Finalists.