Four Heelan Seniors Earn National Merit Honors

Heelan Claims National Merit Semi-finalists and a Commended
Posted on 10/11/2019
Bishop Heelan High School seniors Foster Johnson, Elizabeth Meyer and Jackson Thompson have been named National Merit Semifinalists. Jaiden Utech has been named National Merit Commended scholar. The four are among the 22% of Heelan students who have scored 30 or more on ACT college entrance exams. 

The three National Merit Semifinalists rank in the top 1% of the over 1.5 million juniors across the United States who took the October 2018 PSAT-NMSQT Exam. They are among 16,000 students recognized nationally by the National Merit Corporation. The seniors have completed the paperwork and test requirements necessary for consideration as a National Merit Finalist.

Foster, the daughter of Dr. Matthew and Apryl Johnson of Dakota Dunes, is a state champion for Poetry Out Loud, an All-State Chorus performer and is presently the second-ranked student in her class. Foster performs in show choir, Bishop Heelan musical productions and in regional theater. 

Liz, the daughter of Dr. Steve and Dana Meyer of Sioux City, is the 2019-20 Heelan Student Council president, serves on the Mayor’s Youth Commission executive council and achieved a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT exam. A member of the cross-country and softball teams, she has done extensive missionary work in Africa.

Jackson, the son of BJ and Jeni Thompson of Dakota Dunes, is an academic mentor and a multi-sport athlete at Heelan. Jackson recently won the MRAC Golf Title, has accrued one of the lowest golf averages in the State of Iowa and plays basketball.

Jaiden, the daughter of Adam and Jana Utech of Sioux City, is currently the top-ranked student in the Heelan class of 2020. She has been part of Heelan’s state championship Quiz Bowl team and serves on the Mayor’s Youth Commission and Teen Court.

Congrats all!
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