Chalmette High School Student Recognized as National Merit Semifinalist

Chloe Jorns, a student at Chalmette High School, recently qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program, granted to the nation’s most promising graduating seniors.

Each year, over a million students, take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT, allowing them to vie for millions of dollars in scholarship money.

Chloe, an honor roll student with a grade point average of nearly 4.2, has an incredible track record in school, being named as the Student of the Year as both a 5th grader at Chalmette Elementary School and an 8th grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School. 

Chloe said she is happy her hard work and commitment continue to pay off. “I spent a lot of time preparing and trying my best and going over things that I knew I had trouble with,” she said. Chloe also credits her success to the influence of her family. “My family is supportive of my academics and trying to help me be the best that I can no matter what.”

Chloe hopes to pursue an English and journalism degree in college and credits one of her teachers, Dirk Tillman, for his positive influence. 

“He knows a lot about English and literature and is really passionate. I think that definitely inspired me to want to further my English career.”

Tillman describes Chloe as gifted, disciplined, and brilliant.

“What sets Chloe apart is her cognitive ability to analyze and to question,” Tillman said Chloe has a unique talent for seeing her strengths and flaws and constantly improving her work. “This is the mark of a truly elite person,” he said.

Chloe said she appreciates the diverse backgrounds and points of view that are a part of her daily classroom discussions. A true student-athlete, Chloe also enjoys her time competing on the school’s swim team.

“Swimming offers me a sort of escape from the stress of academics. It can be a lot sometimes.”

Principal Wayne Warner said Chloe is an outstanding ambassador for Chalmette High School.

“Chloe truly represents all that is good in our public schools,” Warner said. “She is a quiet leader and an exemplary student. We are so proud of her and know she will continue to represent our school and district well.”