For the fourth consecutive year, Chalmette High School is the home school of a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Recently, Meghan St. Angelo was recognized for this prestigious honor, granted to the nation’s most promising graduating seniors.
Over a million students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT each year, allowing them to vie for millions of dollars in scholarship money, and St. Angelo, a CHS senior, was recently notified of her achievement.
An honor roll student at the top of her senior class with a 4.0125 grade point average, St. Angelo is a product of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools, having attended elementary school at Joe Davies and middle school at Trist before becoming a CHS Owl.
Kelli Watson, an Assistant Principal at CHS, said St. Angelo is truly committed to academic success. “Meghan has taken all of the Advanced Placement courses that are available to her,” Watson said. “She has been able to maintain her grade point average while taking the most rigorous courses we offer. That is impressive.”
St. Angelo credits her teachers and family for their support and attributes her success on the PSAT to her ability to focus and her desire to do well. After graduation, she plans to attend Boston University or Syracuse to pursue forensic science.
“I want to do forensics because science has always interested me and criminology was my original choice, so I combined the two,” she said.
In addition to her love of science, St. Angelo also has a passion for the performing arts, having starred as Ursula in the district’s summer production of The Little Mermaid. She said she is proud of the diverse roles she has played in the past and has truly enjoyed mentoring younger students.
St. Angelo said she is looking forward to college but leaving high school will be bittersweet.
“I’m looking forward to experiencing many new things, but I will miss the family I have come to know through theater and choir,” she said.
Superintendent Doris Voitier congratulated Meghan for her achievement and applauded the Chalmette High School administration and staff for their excellence in rigorous academic coursework.
“We are proud of Meghan and happy that she has continued Chalmette High School’s streak of National Merit Finalists,” Voitier said. “Four years is no fluke. We have an excellent academic program in our schools, preparing our best and brightest to compete on the national stage.”