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XAVERIAN STUDENT HONORED WITH NATIONAL MERIT AWARD


Nick Gillespie '21 is one of only 7,500 winners out of 1.6 million applicants. 

The Class of 2021 Valedictorian, Nick Gillespie, has been selected as a prestigious Merit Scholar®. The National Merit® Scholarship Corporation describes the competitive selection process as follows:

From approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 were named Semifinalists. They were designated on a state representational basis, in proportion to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance. All winners of about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships are being chosen from the group of approximately 15,000 distinguished Finalists.

Nick will be attending Northeastern University next year. At Xaverian, he has been an avid ultimate disc player and an active participant and leader in Xaverian’s campus ministry program, traveling to San Diego and Tecate, Mexico on service trips and also volunteering as a peer minister. Nick is also a Harvard Book Award recipient and a member of the National Honor Society. 

Congratulations, Nick!
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