Kenny Nguyen is one of some 15,000 seniors nationwide to be recognized as a National Merit Finalist and becomes the third Chalmette High School senior in three years to receive the honor.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition that recognizes the nation’s most promising students. Nearly 1.6 million students enter the competition each year vying for millions of dollars in scholarship money.
Nguyen is a true product of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools, having attended elementary school at Joe Davies and middle school at Trist before becoming a CHS Owl.
Nguyen has dedicated his time at CHS in many productive ways – he is a member of the award winning Academic Games Team and Cross Country Team; he is also a member of many service and academic oriented organizations such as Interact Club, Beta Club, and Mu Alpha Theta.
Nguyen said he is incredibly honored to receive this designation, and he credits the teachers and curriculum at CHS for helping him achieve so much.
“I have had the opportunity to take many rigorous courses from some influential teachers,” Nguyen said. “I also believe there is a support system here and a positive culture of academic competition that has made me strive for my best in all that I do.”
Nguyen specifically thanks Mrs. Kim Campbell, Mrs. Rachel McCloskey, and Mr. Dirk Tillman for their influence and instruction over his years at CHS.