For the last four years, Chalmette High School has been home to some of the nation’s most promising high school seniors – students who were awarded the distinction of being named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. This year, senior Meghan St. Angelo has exceeded this accomplishment by advancing to finalist status.
The National Merit Scholarship Program begins with a pool of over 1 million students who take the PSAT/NMSQT at their respective schools. Roughly 1 percent – 16,000 – of those students are proclaimed semifinalists, and then approximately 15,000 of those semifinalists are named as finalists.
Meghan, who attended Joe Davies Elementary and Trist Middle before enrolling at Chalmette High School, has led her class academically, boasting a competitive grade point average above a standard 4.0 thanks to her rigorous and competitive schedule of honors and AP courses.
This fall, Meghan plans to attend Syracuse University in New York to major in forensic science. An accomplished vocalist, her first love has always been musical theatre, but she has chosen a major that she says has captured her interest.
“Forensics has always fascinated me,” Meghan said. “I have always had a love for musical theatre, but I know my future career should be more practical, so I am glad to have chosen a major that interests and excites me.”
Meghan is confident in her future and feels strongly about her education from St. Bernard Parish Public Schools.
“I love all of my teachers,” Meghan said. “I feel more than prepared for my future and am thankful for the education I have received at CHS.”