Gross Catholic is proud to announce that senior, Katie Sloup, has been named a 2018 National Merit Semifinalist. Sloup is actively involved in the Gross Catholic community as a member of Concert Band, National Honor Society, VEX Robotics, Book Club, Student Ambassadors, Library Teen Advisory Board, National Thespian Society, Writing Club and Archery. Additionally, she is a member of the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo’s Zoo Crew and is an Altar Server at Sacred Heart Parish. Sloup is currently interning at the Rose Theater and plans to travel to Europe this summer as part of the Nebraska Ambassadors of Music.
While Sloup has not yet determined where she will attend college next fall, she is applying to a number of prestigious universities. She aspires to attend Purdue University where she hopes to pursue a double major in Engineering and Theater Design and Production.
“Katie exemplifies what it means to be a student at Gross Catholic. Not only does she excel academically, but she also thrives in her extracurricular activities and as a community volunteer. She truly embodies the spirit of Dux Esto – leadership – and lives our school values of being authentically faithful, purposefully compassionate and academically driven,” said Paulette Neuhalfen, Gross Catholic High School principal.
“Katie is a delightful young lady with big ideas. She is an innovator with the courage and work ethic to make major contributions to our community. I am so proud of her and congratulate her on this accomplishment,” said Julie McNamara, guidance counselor.
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for a chance to earn 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirement to advance to the Finalist level of competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar.
“I am thrilled to be selected as a National Merit Semifinalist,” said Sloup. “This honor provides me with the opportunity to continue my education and study the things I love without amassing large student loan debt.”
As one of Nebraska’s premier private schools, Gross Catholic High School is a faith and family-based community committed to developing Christian leaders through academic excellence in the Marianist tradition. Recognized locally for its outstanding education, welcoming atmosphere, competitive sports programs, engaging activities, robust faith, and boundless service work, Gross Catholic has energized the Omaha area for 50 years.