Gross Catholic Senior, Katie Sloup, Announced as National Merit Finalist
Gross Catholic is proud to announce that senior, Katie Sloup, has been named a National Merit Finalist. 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. She also serves as a community volunteer as 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.
Since 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program has provided an academic competition for recognition and scholarships among the most gifted high school students. The program has over 1.6 million entrants each year and only about 15,000 are recognized with finalist standing and the opportunity to win scholarships worth more than $31 million. Of these finalists, 7,500 will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, “Since every Finalist has an excellent academic record and outstanding test scores, the school official’s characterization of the student and the student’s essay play an important part in the process of choosing Merit Scholar designees,” (NMSC, 2018).
“We are very proud of Katie for this outstanding accomplishment. Not many achieve this recognition and she is quite deserving. Katie is a wonderful student and person. Her contributions to the Gross Catholic community have been numerous and we are so very happy for her,” said Dr. Dorothy Ostrowski, Gross Catholic High School president.
Sloup joins the ranks of many Gross Catholic alumni who have been honored with college scholarship awards. The last two graduating classes earned more than $17.1 million in college scholarships with an average award of $133,000 per student. She will attend Purdue University in the fall to study Theatre Engineering and Theatre Design and Production.
“Being a National Merit Finalist is a recognition of all hard work and time that I have put into school and extracurricular activities,” said Sloup. “I attribute this award to the hard work I have put into my classes and extracurricular activities as well as all the encouragement and support I have received from those activities, especially band, drama and robotics.”
Source: National Merit Scholarship Corporate (NMSC) (2018). Information about the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Retrieved March 4, 2019 from nationalmerit.org.
About Gross Catholic
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. We are Faithful, Compassionate, and Driven!